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Virginia valeriae BAIRD & GIRARD, 1853

IUCN Red List - Virginia valeriae - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaNatricidae, Colubroidea, Serpentes (snakes) 
SubspeciesVirginia valeriae elegans KENNICOTT 1859
Virginia valeriae pulchra (RICHMOND 1954)
Virginia valeriae valeriae BAIRD & GIRARD 1853 
Common NamesE: Smooth Earth Snake
elegans: Western Earth Snake
pulchra: Mountain Earth Snake
valeriae: Eastern Earth Snake
G: Glatte Erdschlange 
SynonymVirginia valeriae BAIRD & GIRARD 1853: 127
Carphophis harperti DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854: 135
Virginia elegans KENNICOTT 1859: 99
Haldea valeriae — CAMPBELL 1962
Virginia valeriae — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 173
Virginia valeriae — CROTHER 2000
Virginia valeriae valeriae — TENNANT & BARTLETT 2000

Virginia valeriae elegans KENNICOTT 1859
Virginia elegans — JAN 1865
Virginia valeriae elegans — ALLEN 1932
Virginia valeriae elegans — DIXON 2000
Virginia valeriae elegans — TENNANT & BARTLETT 2000: 67

Virginia valeriae pulchra (RICHMOND 1954)
Haldea valeriae pulchra RICHMOND 1954
Virginia valeriae pulchra — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 174
Virginia pulchra — COLLINS 1991
Virginia valeriae pulchra — CROTHER 2000
Virginia valeriae pulchra — TENNANT & BARTLETT 2000: 65
Virginia pulchra — MESHAKA & COLLINS 2009
Virginia valeriae pulchra — CROTHER et al. 2012 
DistributionUSA (Texas, E Oklahoma, Louisiana, Indiana, Illinois, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, N Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri, SE Iowa, E Kansas, S Ohio, Maryland, District of Columbia, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania)

elegans: Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas; Type locality: Heavily timbered regions of southern Illinois.

pulchra: USA (Unglaciated mountains and high plateaus of W Pennsylvania and adj. Maryland into NE West Virginia).

valeriae: New Jersey to South Carolina, west to Ohio and Tennessee; Type locality: Kent County, Maryland. Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
TypesHolotype: USNM 
CommentSubspecies: Virginia valeriae pulchra has been elevated to species status. Collins (1991), in a peer-reviewed article, recommended that this previously defined, diagnosed, and allopatric taxon be recognized as a distinct species, a more conservative taxonomy than that in previous use. Collins (1997) presented this proposed change to his snake systematist group, composed of John E. Cadle, Brian I. Crother, Harry W. Greene, L. Lee Grismer, James A. MacMahon, James R. McCranie, and Samuel S. Sweet, and the majority of those individuals responding recommended that pulchra be so recognized. Collins (1997) followed that recommendation. [from: http://eagle.cc.ukans.edu/~cnaar/serpentes.html]. However, other others haven’t accepted species status yet.

Reproduction: viviparous. 
EtymologyEtymology (pulchra): Named after Latin “pulchra” = beautiful, handsome, fine, fair. 
References
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  • Baird, S. F. and C. Girard. 1853. Catalogue of North American Reptiles in the Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. Part 1.-Serpents. Smithsonian Inst., Washington, xvi + 172 pp.
  • Bender, Michael J. 2014. Geographic Distribution: Virginia valeriae (smooth earthsnake). Herpetological Review 45 (3): 467
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