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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: Spotted Rock Snake, Spotted House Snake 
SynonymLycodon guttatus SMITH 1843: 38
Alopecion annulifer DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1854: 416
Alopecion annulifer — GÜNTHER 1858: 196
Boodon guttatus — BOULENGER 1891: 14
Boodon guttatus — BOULENGER 1893: 331
Boaedon guttatus — LOVERIDGE 1936
Lamprophis guttatus — BOYCOTT 1992
Lamprophis guttatus — KELLY et al. 2011
Boaedon guttatus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 96 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (Cape Province, E Transvaal, Swaziland), Namibia

Type locality: beyond Kurrichane, Cape Colony.  
TypesType: BMNH 1946.1.23.16 (and possibly additional specimens). 
  • Bates, M.F.; Branch, W.R., Bauer, A.M.; Burger, M., Marais, J.; Alexander, G.J. & de Villliers, M.S. (eds.) 2014. Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Suricata 1. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, 512 pp.
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1891. On some Reptiles collected by Sig. L. Bricchetti Robecchi in Somaliland. Ann. Mus. St. nat. Genova (2) 12: 5-15 [1892?]
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Boycott, R.C. 1992. An Annotated Checklist of the Amphibians and Reptiles of Swaziland. The Conservation Trust of Swaziland - get paper here
  • Branch W R 1984. The house snakes of southern Africa (genus Lamprophis). Litteratura Serpentium 4 (3-4): 106-120
  • Branch, W. R. 1991. Life History Note: Lamprophis guttatus: Diet. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa (39): 24-24 - get paper here
  • Branch, Wiliam R. 2014. Lamprophis guttatus (A. Smith, 1843) Spotted House Snake. African Herp News (61): 39-40 - get paper here
  • Branch, William R. 1993. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 144 S.
  • Burger M 1991. Lamprophis guttatus. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa 39: 20 - get paper here
  • Conradie, Werner; Brian Reeves , Neil Brown, & Jan A. Venter 2016. Herpetofauna of the Oviston, Commando Drift and Tsolwana nature reserves in the arid interior of the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Indago 32: 81-98 - get paper here
  • Duméril, A.M.C., G. BIBRON & A.H.A. DUMÉRIL 1854. Erpétologie générale ou Histoire Naturelle complète des Reptiles. Vol. 7 (partie 1). Paris, xvi + 780 S. - get paper here
  • Fitzsimons, V. 1966. A check-list, with syntopic keys, to the snakes of southern Africa. Annals of the Transvaal Museum 25 (3): 35-79
  • Günther, A. 1858. Catalogue of Colubrine snakes of the British Museum. London, I - XVI, 1 - 281
  • Hermann R 1991. Seltene Hausschlangen Sudafrikas. Teil I Lamprophis fuscus Boulenger 1893 und Lamprophis guttatus (Smith 1843). Sauria 13 (2): 25-30 - get paper here
  • Herrmann, H.-W.; W.R. Branch 2013. Fifty years of herpetological research in the Namib Desert and Namibia with an updated and annotated species checklist. Journal of Arid Environments 93: 94–115 - get paper here
  • Hörold, R. 2018. Hausschlangen – versteckte Vielfalt. Reptilia 23 (129): 16-22
  • HUYSSTEEN, R. VAN & M. PETFORD. 2018. Lamprophis guttatus (A. Smith, 1844). Diet. African Herp News (67): 26 - get paper here
  • Kelly, Christopher M.R.; William R. Branch, Donald G. Broadley, Nigel P. Barker, Martin H. Villet 2011. Molecular systematics of the African snake family Lamprophiidae Fitzinger, 1843 (Serpentes: Elapoidea), with particular focus on the genera Lamprophis Fitzinger 1843 and Mehelya Csiki 1903. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 58(3): 415-426 - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1936. African reptiles and amphibians in the Field Museum of Natural History. Zool. Ser. Field Mus. Nat. Hist., Chicago, 22 (1): 1-122 - get paper here
  • Smith, A. 1838. Illustrations of the Zoology of South Africa, consisting chiefly of Figures and Descriptions of the Objects of Natural History collected during an Expedition into the Interior of South Africa, in the years 1834, 1835, and 1836 . . . Vol. 3, Reptilia. Smith, Elder, and Co., London [This series was published in 28 parts; see Waterhouse 1880, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1880:489-491, and Jentink 1893, Notes Leyden Mus. 15:182, for publication dates and contents.] - get paper here
  • TAFT, J. M.; J. GREUEL & B. MARITZ 2017. LAMPROPHIIDAE: Lamprophis guttatus (A. Smith 1844) Spotted House Snake - DIET. African Herp News (65): 11-12 - 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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