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Crotaphopeltis barotseensis BROADLEY, 1968

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesBarotse Water Snake 
SynonymCrotaphopeltis barotseensis BROADLEY 1968
Crotaphopeltis barotseensis — AUERBACH 1987: 185
Crotaphopeltis barotseensis — RASMUSSEN 1997
Crotaphopeltis barotseensis — BROADLEY et al. 2003: 207
Crotaphopeltis barotseensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 199 
DistributionZambia, N Botswana (Okavango Swamp, along Chobe River to upper Zambezi River)

Type locality: Kalabo, Barotseland, Zambia.  
TypesHolotype: FMNH 134249, an adult female collected 24 March 1962 by Mr. Richard G. Japp (field number 1216). 
  • Auerbach, R.D. 1987. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Botswana. Mokwepa Consultants, Botswana, 295 pp.
  • Branch, William R. 1993. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 144 S.
  • Broadley, D. & Blaylock 2013. The Snakes of Zimbabwe and Botswana. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 387 pp. [book review in Sauria 35 (2): 59 and Copeia 2014: 388] - get paper here
  • Broadley, D.G.; Doria, C.T. & Wigge, J. 2003. Snakes of Zambia. An Atlas and Field Guide. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 280 pp. [review in Sauria 26 (3): 21]
  • Broadley, Donald G. 1968. A new species of Crotaphopeltis (Serpentes: Colubridae) from Barotseland, Zambia. Fieldiana. Zoology 51 (10): 135-139 - get paper here
  • Engelbrecht, Hanlie M. 2017. The radiation and biogeography of snakes across south-eastern Africa with respect to the evolution of the savanna biome PhD thesis, Stellenbosch University, - get paper here
  • Rasmussen, J.B. 1997. On two little-known African water snakes (Crotaphopeltis degeni and Crotaphopeltis barotseensis). Amphibia-Reptilia 18: 191-206 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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