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Higher TaxaColubridae, Ahaetuliinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Terrific Bronzeback 
SynonymDendrophis terrificus PETERS 1872
Dendrophis picta var. B. GÜNTHER 1858: 149 (fide BOULENGER 1894)
Dendrelaphis terrificus — BOULENGER 1894: 90
Dendrelaphis caudolineatus terrificus — DE LANG & VOGEL 2005
Dendrelaphis caudolineatus cf. terrificus — GAULKE 2011: 272
Dendrelaphis terrificus — VAN ROOIJEN & VOGEL 2012
Dendrelaphis terrificus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 221 
DistributionIndonesia (Sulawesi)

Type locality: Gorontalo, Celebes (= Sulawesi); restricted to Borongan, Samar Island by Meise & Hennig (1932) [invalid, no lectotype]; re-restricted to Gorontalo, Celebes by Leviton 1968.

terrificus: Philippines (Panay); Type locality: Gorontalo, Celebes; restricted to “Samar Island” by Meise & Hennig 1932.  
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesLectotype. ZMB 7416 
CommentDescription. A species of the Dendrelaphis caudolineatus group, characterized by the combination of 1) a reduced pattern of black longitudinal stripes, stripes along the entire length of the body, 6 stripes at midbody; 2) a pale ventrolateral stripe along the entire length of the body; 3) a black postocular stripe which extends onto the neck where it becomes one the upper longitudinal stripe that borders the pale ventrolateral line; 4) 170–175 ventrals (males), 174–181 ventrals (females); 5) 94–102 subcaudals; 6) relative tail-length 0.245–0.260 (males), 0.255–0.265 (females); 7) 6–7 temporal scales on each side; 8) 9–11 infralabials on each side; 9) 4–5 scales touching the posterior borders of the parietal scales; 10) maximum total length males 97.5 cm, females 116.0 cm [VAN ROOIJEN & VOGEL 2012].

Sexual dimorphism. On average, males have 172 ventral scales whereas females have 178 ventral scales (F = 9.6; df = 1; p = 0.03). In addition, females grow larger than males [VAN ROOIJEN & VOGEL 2012].

Behavior: diurnal

Habitat: arboreal 
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