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Higher TaxaTropidophiidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Broad-banded Trope, Feick's Dwarf Boa 
SynonymTropidophis feicki SCHWARTZ 1957: 3
Tropidophis feicki — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 633
Tropidophis feicki — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 218
Tropidophis feicki — RODRIGUEZ-SCHETTINO et al. 2013
Tropidophis feicki — WALLACH et al. 2014: 753 

Type locality: Cueva de bs Indios, San Vicente, Pinar del Rio Province, Cuba.  
TypesHolotype: AMNH 76224. 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION: Maximum total length 505 mm; dorsal scale rows at midbody 25, rarely 23; dorsal scales smooth; ventrals 217-231 in males, 218-235 in females; subcaudals 35-41 in males, 34-41 in females; supralabials 8-10; infralabials 10-12; preoculars 1/1; postoculars 3/3; 10rea1 absent. Dorsum iridescent; head and 3-5 scale rows posterior to parietal scutes dull yellowish brown (lighter than brown of dorsal saddles); dorsal ground color pinkish gray; dorsum of body with 17-26 widely spaced, dark brown saddles, some saddles may encroach on venter; tail with 2-6 saddles; tip of tail black; venter pale, immaculate (Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 633). 
CommentIllustrations: see Schwartz, 1957; Schwartz and Henderson, 1985.

Habitat: partly arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
EtymologyNamed after John R. Feick, an Associate Professor of Biology, St. Anselm's College, Manchester, New Hampshire (1961- 2005) who worked closely with Schwartz. 
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