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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: Zoige Ratsnake
Chinese: Ruoergai Jinshe (Bopomofo) 
SynonymElaphe zoigeensis HUANG, DING, BURBRINK, YANG, HUANG, LING, CHEN & ZHANG 2012
Elaphe zoigeensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 263 
DistributionChina (Sichuan)

Type locality: 20 m from the mouth of Jiangzha Hot Spring (3200 m elevation, N 34°12’18’’, E 102°42’48’’) in Zoige County, Sichuan, China.  
TypesHolotype: HUM 20110001, adult female captured at 12:00 on 26 July 2010.
Paratypes: Captured on gravel by a stream (HUM20110002, adult female, about 40 m from the mouth of Jiangzha Hot Spring) and in a small soil hole by the same stream (HUM20110003, adult male, about 30 m from the mouth of Jiangzha Hot Spring), same place and time as the those of the holotype. 
EtymologyThe specific name refers to the type locality, Zoige County, Sichuan, China. 
  • HUANG, Song; Li DING, Frank T. BURBRINK, , Jun YANG, Jietang HUANG, Chen LING, Xin CHEN, and Yaping ZHANG 2012. A New Species of the Genus Elaphe (Squamata: Colubridae) from Zoige County, Sichuan, China. Asian Herpetological Research 3 (1): 38–45 - get paper here
  • Kwet, Axel 2013. Liste der im Jahr 2012 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Terraria-Elaphe 2013 (3): 52-67 - 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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