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Dipsas tenuissima TAYLOR, 1954

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Taylor's Snail-eater
G: Taylors Schneckennatter 
SynonymDipsas tenuissima TAYLOR 1954
Dipsas variegata — PETERS 1960
Dipsas tenuissima — VILLA et al. 1988
Dipsas tenuissima — SCHMIDT & KUNZ 2005: 8
Dipsas tenuissima — WALLACH et al. 2014: 235 
DistributionPanama, Costa Rica

Type locality: approximately 15 kilometers WSW of San Isidro del General, Costa Rica, on Dominical Road, in swamp.  
TypesHolotype: KU 31961 (given as KMNH), sex not known, collected by Edward H. Taylor, on July 10, 1952. 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSTICS: The heavily pigmented light rings, combined with the absence of a mental groove (fig. l1.14e) and the paired rectangular chin shields, make this form easy to recognize (Savage 2002: 598).

SIMILAR SPECIES: (1) Dipsas articulata has few or no dark speckles or spots in the light rings. (2) Dipsas bicolor has red in the light dorsal interspaces. (3) Sibon anthracops has red saddles in the light dorsal interspaces. (4) Other ringed species of Sibon have the first pair of chin shields elongate. (5) Species of Imantodes lack rings around the body. (6) Micrurus mipartitus has a cylindrical body, small, nonprotuberant eyes, and the head not distinct from the neck. See key to coral snakes, figure 11.47, and table 11.2 in Savage 2002: 598, 706). 
CommentHabitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
  • Harrington, Sean M; Jordyn M de Haan, Lindsey Shapiro, Sara Ruane 2018. Habits and characteristics of arboreal snakes worldwide: arboreality constrains body size but does not affect lineage diversification. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 125 (1): 61–71 - get paper here
  • Mason J. Ryan, Ian M. Latella, Beatriz Willink, Adrián García-Rodríguez, Casey A. Gilman 2015. Notes on the breeding habits and new distribution records of seven species of snakes from southwest Costa Rica. Herpetology Notes 8: 669-671 - get paper here
  • Peters , J. A. 1960. The snakes of the subfamily Dipsadinae. Misc. Publ. Mus. Zool., Univ. Michigan (114): 224 pp. - get paper here
  • Savage, J.M. 2002. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica: A Herpetofauna Between Two Continents, Between Two Seas. University of Chicago Press, 934 pp. [review in Copeia 2003 (1): 205]
  • Schmidt, D. & Kunz, K. 2005. Ernährung von Schlangen. Natur und Tier Verlag, Münster, 159 pp. - get paper here
  • Schumacher, R A H 1996. Haltung und Zucht einer mittelamerikanischen Schneckennatter - Dipsas tenuissima Taylor, 1954 im Terrarium. Sauria 18 (1): 3-10 - get paper here
  • Solorzano, A. 2004. Serpientes de Costa Rica - Snakes of Costa Rica. Editorial INBio, Costa Rica, 792 pp.
  • Solórzano, A. 2006. Snakes of the Osa Peninsula [Costa Rica]. Reptilia (GB) (48): 30-34 - get paper here
  • Solórzano, A. 2006. Die Schlangen der Osa-Halbinsel [Costa Rica]. Reptilia (Münster) 11 (61): 28-31 - get paper here
  • Taylor,E.H. 1954. Further studies on the serpents of Costa Rica. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 36: 673-800. - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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