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Leptodeira rubricata (COPE, 1893)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymSibon septentrionales rubricatum COPE 1893: 347
Leptodeira rubricata — TAYLOR 1951: 122
Leptodeira rubricata — VILLA et al. 1988
Leptodeira rubricata — SAVAGE 2002
Leptodeira rubricata — WALLACH et al. 2014
Leptodeira rubricata — BARRIO-AMORÓS 2019
Leptodeira rubricata — COSTA et al. 2022 
DistributionCosta Rica, Panama

Type locality: Boca Mala, Costa Rica.  
TypesHolotype: AMNH 17367 
CommentSynonymy: DUELLMAN 1958 listed this species as synonym of Leptodeira annulata rhombifera and mentions that this is “an unusual variant” of the latter taxon with normal scutellation but “The ground color is cream-brown; the blotches are black and number 50. The dorsal head coloration consists of a faint, X-shaped mark on the frontal and a U-shaped mark on the parietals. The latter is connected to the first body blotch by the nape stripe.”

Habitat: partly arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
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  • Cope, E.D. 1893. Second addition to the knowledge of the Batrachia and Reptilia of Costa Rica. Proc. Amer. Philos. Soc. 31: 333-347 - get paper here
  • Costa, J. C., Graboski, R., Grazziotin, F. G., Zaher, H., Rodrigues, M. T., & Prudente, A. L. D. C. 2022. Reassessing the systematics of Leptodeira (Serpentes, Dipsadidae) with emphasis in the South American species. Zoologica Scripta - get paper here
  • 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
  • Köhler, G. 2008. Reptiles of Central America. 2nd Ed. Herpeton-Verlag, 400 pp.
  • 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
  • Myers, Charles W.; Iba�nez D., Roberto.; Cadle, John E. 2007. On the uniquely fragmented distribution of a rare Panamanian snake, Dipsas nicholsi (Colubridae, Dipsadinae). American Museum novitates (3554) - get paper here
  • Peters, James A.; Donoso-Barros, Roberto & Orejas-Miranda, Braulio 1970. Catalogue of the Neotropical Squamata: Part I Snakes. Bull. US Natl. Mus. 297: 347 pp. - get paper here
  • Quiroga, Edna De la Llata; Elpis Joan Chávez, Randall Arauz, Juan Gabriel Abarca 2020. A new geographic distribution record for Leptodeira rubricata Cope, 1893 (Squamata: Dipsadidae): Nicoya Península, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Herpetology Notes 13: 347-348 - get paper here
  • Salas, Roy Valverde; Katherine Sánchez Paniagua, Tatiana M. Espinoza Sánchez, and Juan G. Abarca Alvarado 2020. An albino Costa Rican Cat-eyed Snake, Leptodeira rubricata (Squamata: Dipsadidae). IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 27 (1): 112–113 - 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]
  • Solorzano, A. 2004. Serpientes de Costa Rica - Snakes of Costa Rica. Editorial INBio, Costa Rica, 792 pp.
  • Taylor,E.H. 1951. A brief review ot the snakes of Costa Rica. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 34 (1): 3-188 - get paper here
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