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Scientific classification MasticophisMasticophis_header_cell_0_1_0
Kingdom:Masticophis_cell_0_2_0 AnimaliaMasticophis_cell_0_2_1
Phylum:Masticophis_cell_0_3_0 ChordataMasticophis_cell_0_3_1
Class:Masticophis_cell_0_4_0 ReptiliaMasticophis_cell_0_4_1
Order:Masticophis_cell_0_5_0 SquamataMasticophis_cell_0_5_1
Suborder:Masticophis_cell_0_6_0 SerpentesMasticophis_cell_0_6_1
Family:Masticophis_cell_0_7_0 ColubridaeMasticophis_cell_0_7_1
Subfamily:Masticophis_cell_0_8_0 ColubrinaeMasticophis_cell_0_8_1
Genus:Masticophis_cell_0_9_0 Masticophis

Baird & Girard, 1853Masticophis_cell_0_9_1


Masticophis is a genus of colubrid snakes, commonly referred to as whip snakes or coachwhips, which are endemic to the Americas. Masticophis_sentence_0

They are characterized by having a long, thin body and are not dangerous to humans. Masticophis_sentence_1

Geographic range Masticophis_section_0

Species of Masticophis are found in the United States, Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. Masticophis_sentence_2

Description Masticophis_section_1

Adults of species in the genus Masticophis may attain a total length (including tail) from 152 cm (5 ft) for M. lateralis to 259 cm (8.5 ft) for M. flagellum. Masticophis_sentence_3

A distinctive character of this genus is the shape of the frontal scale (the large scale in the center of the upper surface of the head) which is bell-shaped and elongated. Masticophis_sentence_4

At the rear of the body, the dorsal scales are arranged in only 13 rows. Masticophis_sentence_5

Species and subspecies Masticophis_section_2

The genus Masticophis contains eleven species that are recognized as being valid, five of which have recognized subspecies. Masticophis_sentence_6



Nota bene: A binomial authority or trinomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species or subspecies was originally described in a genus other than Masticophis. Masticophis_sentence_7

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