Boaedon radfordi GREENBAUM, PORTILLO, JACKSON & KUSAMBA, 2015
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Boaedon radfordi?
|Higher Taxa||Lamprophiidae, Lamprophiinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||Radford’s House Snake|
|Synonym||Boaedon radfordi GREENBAUM, PORTILLO, JACKSON & KUSAMBA 2015|
|Distribution||Democratic Republic of Congo (Orientale), SW Uganda|
Type locality: Shatuma-Abis village, Lendu Plateau, Orientale Province, DRC (2.01315° N, 30.84066° E, 2 000 m elevation).
|Types||Holotype: UTEP 20995 (field no. EBG 2422), an adult male. Collected by Chifundera Kusamba, Wandege M. Moninga, Mwenebatu M. Aristote and Eli Greenbaum on 7 July 2009.|
Paratopotype: UTEP 20996 (field no. EBG 2421), an adult male from Shatuma-Abis village, Lendu Plateau, Orientale Province, DRC (2.01315° N, 30.84066° E, 2 000 m). Collected by Chifundera Kusamba, Wandege M. Moninga, Mwenebatu M. Aristote and Eli Greenbaum on 7 July 2009.
|Comment||Habitat: terrestrial; forests (and recently deforested areas) in the Albertine Rift, including lowland rainforest, transitional forest, and montane forest. The type specimens were found underground by local farmers tilling their fields during the day, suggesting the species is adaptable to non-forested habitats.|
Distribution: likely in Rwanda and Burundi
|Etymology||Named after Mr Larry Radford of the Buffalo Zoological Gardens, a keeper and African snake enthusiast, who served as the first herpetology mentor to EG from 1984 to 1992.|
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