Familia Colubridae Oppel, 1811

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Description 1

This family includes several species of snakes, specifically those who present a head covered with large scales in the form of slabs. These may adopt several sizes, colours and characteristics, although their bodies are usually slender, smooth and shiny. Well-developed eyes, usually with circular pupils. Dorsal and lateral rhomboid scales; a single row of wide scales in the belly. The following species are considered invasive in the islands: Lampropeltis getula californiae in the Canary Islands and Natrix maura in Majorca.

Biology 1

They are usually diurnal and terrestrial, although some inhabit aquatic or tree habitats. They are usually harmless, although some are poisonous.

Habitat 1

Due to the cosmopolitan distribution of this family, the distribution habitats are very diverse.

Sources 1

Spanish Catalogue of Exotic Invasive Species and Document sheets of the Exotic Invasive Species Act 630/2013 (GEIB)

Spanish Catalogue of Exotic Invasive Species - Reptiles 1


Fuentes y Créditos

  1. Adaptado por INVASORES - administrador de un trabajo de (c) cartotragsatec, algunos derechos reservados (CC BY-SA), http://natusfera.gbif.es/guide_taxa/2115

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