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Higher TaxaPsammophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Gray Grass Snake, Lined Olympic Snake, Striped Swamp Snake
G: Gestreifte Sumpfschlange 
SynonymDryophylax lineatus DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854: 1124
Dromophis lineatus BOULENGER 1895: 33
Psammophis sibilans tumbensis SCHENKEL 1901
Psammophis brevirostris temporalis WERNER 1902
Dromophis lineatus — SCHMIDT 1923: 110
Dromophis lineatus — MONARD 1940
Dromophis lineatus — MENZIES 1966
Dromophis lineatus — AUERBACH 1987: 165
Dromophis lineatus — BROADLEY 1998
Dromophis lineatus — TRAPE & MANÉ 2000
Dromophis lineatus — BROADLEY & COTTERILL 2004
Psammophis lineatus — KELLY et al. 2008
Dromophis lineatus — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010: 544
Dromophis lineatus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 240
Psammophis lineatus — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 433
Dromophis lineatus — MARQUES et al. 2018 
DistributionW Zimbabwe (Caprivi Strip), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Congo (Brazzaville), Central African Republic, Sudan, Senegal, S Mali, Guinea (Conakry), Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo, Nigeria, W Niger, Chad, Ethiopia, Angola, Uganda, Cameroon, Kenya [HR 12: 65], Botswana, Tanzania, Gambia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, N Malawi, Uganda, Zambia

Type locality: White Nile, Sudan.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesSyntypes: MNHN-RA 7643 and MNHN-RA 7644, one specimen 910 mm (d'Arnaud)
Holotype: NMBA 1980 [tumbensis] 
Diagnosis 
CommentFound in close association with marshlands and swamps. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “linea”, meaning stripe or line. 
References
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