True Snakes (Family Colubridae)

 

A colubrid (from Latin coluber, snake) is a snake that is a member of

the family Colubridae. It is a broad classification of snakes that includes

about two thirds of all snake species on earth. Colubrid species are found

onevery continent, except Antarctica.

 

While most colubrids are non-venomous (or have venom that isn't known
to be harmful to humans) and are normally harmless, a few groups, such
as genus Boiga, can produce medically significant bites, while the boom-

slang and the twig snakes have caused human fatalities.

 

Some colubrids are described as having elongated, grooved teeth, located
in the back of the upper jaw. These are unlike those of vipers and elapids
(e.g, , mambas, kraits, tiger snakes, and coral snakes) that are located in
the front.

 

 

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