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Citation: Midtgaard, Rune. RepFocus - A Survey of the Reptiles of the World. (www.repfocus.dk).
Latest update: December 31st, 2022.

Taxonomy of the family Colubridae
Bibliography of the genus Rhadinaea
Biodiversity of the family Colubridae


Graceful Brown Snakes, Litter Snakes



1863 Rhadinaea Cope (type species: Taeniophis vermiculaticeps Cope 1860)
Contents: 21 species, of which 18 (85.7%) are endemic.
Endemism: 0% 100%
Remarks: Previously included some species currently placed in Rhadinella, Taeniophallus, and Urotheca. Moreover, the genus Rhadinaea includes some species previously placed in Trimetopon.
Distribution: SE. USA, Mexico, Central America, South America.
Reported from: Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico (Aguascalientes, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Colima, Distrito Federal, Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico State, Michoacan, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo Leon, Oaxaca, Puebla, Queretaro, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Zacatecas), Nicaragua, Panama, USA (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina).

Rhadinaea bogertorum

Oaxacan Graceful Brown Snake



1974 Rhadinaea bogertorum Myers

Distribution: Mexico (Oaxaca).

Rhadinaea calligaster

Thick Graceful Brown Snake

Dicke Prachtbraunnatter

Tyk Førnebrunsnog

1875 Contia calligaster Cope
Rhadinaea calligaster Boulenger 1894

Distribution: Costa Rica, Panama.

Rhadinaea cuneata

Veracruz Graceful Brown Snake



1974 Rhadinaea cuneata Myers

Distribution: Mexico (Oaxaca, Puebla, Veracruz).

Rhadinaea decorata

Adorned Graceful Brown Snake, Pink-bellied Litter Snake, Striped Forest Snake



1858 Coronella decorata Günther
Rhadinaea decorata Cope 1863
1903 Erythrolamprus longicaudus Werner (Peters & Orejas-Miranda 1970)
1863 Enicognathus vittatus Jan (Myers 1974)
Rhadinaea vittata Smith & Taylor 1945

Distribution: Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico (Chiapas, Hidalgo, Oaxaca, Puebla, San Luis Potosi, Tabasco, Veracruz), Nicaragua, Panama.

Rhadinaea flavilata

Pine Woods Snake

Nördliche Prachtbraunnatter

Nordlig Førnebrunsnog

1871 Dromicus flavilatus Cope
Rhadinaea flavilata Cope 1894
Leimadophis flavilatus Stejneger & Barbour 1917

Distribution: USA (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina).

Rhadinaea forbesi

Jalapa Graceful Brown Snake, (Forbes' Graceful Brown Snake)



1942 Rhadinaea forbesi Smith

Remarks: Although included for Jalisco by Cruz-Sáenz, Guerrero, Lazcano & Télles-López (2009), presence in the state is considered undocumented herein, following Cruz-Sáenz, Muñoz-Nolasco, Mata-Silva, Johnson, García-Padilla & Wilson (2017), who did not list the species for Jalisco.
Distribution: Mexico (Veracruz).

Rhadinaea fulvivittis

Ribbon Graceful Brown Snake

Gebänderte Prachtbraunnatter

Båndet Førnebrunsnog

1875 Rhadinaea fulvivittis Cope

Distribution: Mexico (Oaxaca, Puebla, Veracruz).

Rhadinaea gaigeae

San Luis Potosí Graceful Brown Snake, (Gaige's Pine Forest Snake)


San Luis Potosí-førnebrunsnog

1937 Rhadinaea gaigeae Bailey
1942 Rhadinaea crassa Smith (Myers 1974)

Distribution: Mexico (Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Queretaro, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas).

Rhadinaea hesperia

Western Graceful Brown Snake, Evening Litter Snake

Westliche Prachtbraunnatter

Vestlig Førnebrunsnog

1940 Rhadinaea hesperia Bailey
1942 Rhadinaea hesperia hesperioides Smith
1942 Rhadinaea hesperia baileyi Smith (Myers 1974)

Distribution: Mexico (Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, Colima, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico State, Michoacan, Morelos, Nayarit [incl. Islas Marias], Oaxaca, Puebla, Sinaloa, Zacatecas).

Rhadinaea laureata

Crowned Graceful Brown Snake


Kronet Førnebrunsnog

1868 Dromicus laureatus Günther
Rhadinaea laureata Boulenger 1894
1890 Erythrolamprus grammophrys Dugès (Smith & Taylor 1945)

Distribution: Mexico (Chihuahua, Distrito Federal, Durango, Jalisco, Mexico State, Michoacan, Morelos, Zacatecas).

Rhadinaea macdougalli

Buena Vista Graceful Brown Snake, (MacDougall's Graceful Brown Snake)


Buena Vista-førnebrunsnog

1950 Rhadinaea macdougalli Smith & Langebartel

Distribution: Mexico (Chiapas, Oaxaca, Veracruz).

Rhadinaea marcellae

Xilitla Graceful Brown Snake, (Marcella's Graceful Brown Snake)



1949 Rhadinaea marcellae Taylor

Distribution: Mexico (Hidalgo, Puebla, San Luis Potosi, Veracruz).

Rhadinaea montana

Nuevo Leon Graceful Brown Snake, Nuevo Leon Yellow-lipped Snake


Nuevo Leon-førnebrunsnog

1944 Rhadinaea montana Smith

Remarks: Reported from Tamaulipas by García-Vázquez (2012), but this report was apparently overlooked(?) by Terán-Juárez, García-Padilla, Mata-Silva, Johnson & Wilson (2016), who made no comments on this species.
Distribution: Mexico (Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas).

Rhadinaea myersi

Sierra Madre del Sur Graceful Brown Snake, (Myers' Graceful Brown Snake)


Sierra Madre del Sur-førnebrunsnog

1965 Rhadinaea myersi Rossman

Distribution: Mexico (Guerrero, Oaxaca).

Rhadinaea nuchalis

Pale-collared Graceful Brown Snake


Lyskravet Førnebrunsnog

2018 Rhadinaea nuchalis García-Vázquez, Pavón-Vázquez, Blancas-Hernández, Blancas-Calva & Centenero-Alcalá

Distribution: Mexico (Guerrero).

Rhadinaea omiltemana

Guerreran Pine Woods Snake



1894 Dromicus omiltemanus Günther
Rhadinaea omiltemana Bailey 1940

Distribution: Mexico (Guerrero).

Rhadinaea pulveriventris

Black-naped Graceful Brown Snake


Sortnakket Førnebrunsnog

1896 Rhadinaea pulveriventris Boulenger
Liophis pulveriventris Amaral 1929

Distribution: Costa Rica, Panama.

Rhadinaea quinquelineata

Pueblan Graceful Brown Snake



1886 Rhadinaea quinquelineata Cope

Distribution: Mexico (Hidalgo, Puebla, Veracruz).

Rhadinaea sargenti

Panamanian Graceful Brown Snake

Panamaische Prachtbraunnatter

Panamansk Førnebrunsnog

1939 Rhadinaea sargenti Dunn & Bailey

Distribution: Panama.

Rhadinaea taeniata

Pine-Oak Snake



1863 Dromicus taeniatus Peters
Rhadinaea taeniata Bailey 1940
1940 Rhadinaea aemula Bailey
Rhadinaea taeniata aemula Myers 1974

Other common names:
aemula: Mimic Pine-Oak Snake
taeniata: Giant Pine-Oak Snake
Distribution: Mexico (Distrito Federal, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Jalisco, Mexico State, Michoacan, Morelos, Nayarit, Oaxaca).

Rhadinaea vermiculaticeps

Vermiculate Graceful Brown Snake



1860 Taeniophis vermiculaticeps Cope
Rhadinaea vermimaculaticeps [lapsus] Cope 1863
Liophis vermiculaticeps Amaral 1929

Distribution: Panama.