This family of snakes lives in the northern part of South American and has clawlike spurs that are rudimentary hind limbs.
The Family Aniliidae is a member of the Superfamily Booidea. Here is the complete "parentage" of Aniliidae:
- Domain: Eukaryota
Whittaker & Margulis,1978 - eukaryotes
- Kingdom: Animalia
C. Linnaeus, 1758 - animals
- Subkingdom: Bilateria
(Hatschek, 1888) Cavalier-Smith, 1983 - bilaterians
- Branch: Deuterostomia
Grobben, 1908 - Deuterostomes
- Infrakingdom: Chordonia
(Haeckel, 1874) Cavalier-Smith, 1998
- Phylum: Chordata
Bateson, 1885 - Chordates
- Subphylum: Vertebrata
Cuvier, 1812 - Vertebrates
- Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
auct. - Jawed Vertebrates
- Superclass: Tetrapoda Goodrich, 1930 - Tetrapods
- Infraphylum: Gnathostomata auct. - Jawed Vertebrates
- Subphylum: Vertebrata Cuvier, 1812 - Vertebrates
- Phylum: Chordata Bateson, 1885 - Chordates
- Infrakingdom: Chordonia (Haeckel, 1874) Cavalier-Smith, 1998
- Branch: Deuterostomia Grobben, 1908 - Deuterostomes
- Subkingdom: Bilateria (Hatschek, 1888) Cavalier-Smith, 1983 - bilaterians
- Kingdom: Animalia C. Linnaeus, 1758 - animals
The Family Aniliidae is further organized into finer groupings including:
- Subfamily (4): Boinae · Erycinae · Pythoninae · Tropidophiinae
- Genus (16): Anilius · Aspidites · Boa · Candoia · Coniophis · Corallus · Cylindrophis · Eoanilius · Epicrates · Eryx · Hoffstetterella · Liasis · Michauxophis · Sanzinia · Tropidophis · Uropeltis
- Species: ZipcodeZoo has pages for 171 species and subspecies in the Family Aniliidae.
The Aniliidae are a monotypic family created for the monotypic genus Anilius that contains the species A. scytale, found in South America. This snake possesses a vestigial pelvic girdle that is visible as a pair of cloacal spurs. It is ovoviviparous. The diet consists mainly of amphibians and other reptiles. Currently, two subspecies are recognized, including the typical form described here. [more]
Aspidites is a genus of pythons found in Australia. The name can be translated as "shield bearer" and pertains to their two symmetrically shaped head scales. Currently, two species are recognized. [more]
Boas are a type of snake that are members of the Boidae family. Boas are basal snakes that are "primitive" in evolutionary terms (i.e. less derived). They are constrictors and most give birth to live young. They have anal spurs, a pair of claws on each side of the cloaca which assist in mating. Boas are named after cows (Latin: bos) because of the old myth that boa snakes pursue cows and suckle them until they are drained to death. [more]
Candoia is a genus of non-venomous boas found in mostly in New Guinea and Melanesia. Four species are currently recognized. [more]
Corallus is a genus of non-venomous boas found in Central America, South America and the West Indies. Seven species are currently recognized. [more]
The Cylindrophiidae are a monotypic family containing the genus Cylindrophis found in Asia. These are burrowing snakes and all have checkered black-and-white bellies. Currently, 8 species are recognized and no subspecies. [more]
Epicrates is genus of several terrestrial boas, including Rainbow boas distributed throughout most of Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. [more]
Liasis is a genus of nonvenomous pythons found in Indonesia, New Guinea and Australia. Currently, 3 extant species are recognized and one fossil species L. dubudingala [more]
Boa is a genus of non-venomous boas found in Mexico, Central and South America, Madagascar and on Reunion Island. Four species are currently recognized. [more]
Tropidophis, common name wood snake or West Indian wood snake, is a genus of dwarf boas found in the West Indies and South America. Currently, 17 species are recognized. [more]
Uropeltis is a genus of nonvenomous shield tail snakes endemic to southern India and Sri Lanka. Currently, 23 species are recognized. [more]
At least 34 species and subspecies belong to the Genus Uropeltis.
More info about the Genus Uropeltis may be found here.
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