Resources

Books

Greene, H. W. Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.

McDiarmid, R. W., J. A. Campbell, and T. Toure. Snake Species of the World. Vol. 1, A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. Washington, DC: The Herpetologists' League, 1999.

Savage, J. M. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002.

Wilson, L. D., and J. R. Meyer. The Snakes of Honduras, 2nd ed. Milwaukee: Milwaukee Public Museum, 1985.

Periodicals

Cundall, D., V. Wallach, and D. A. Rossman. "The Systematic Relationships of the Snake Genus Anomochilus." Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 109 (1993): 275-299.

Greene, H. W. "Dietary Correlates of the Origin and

Radiation of Snakes." American Zoologist 23 (1983): 431-441.

Mora, J. M. "Natural History Notes: Loxocemus bicolor (Burrowing Python). Feeding Behavior." Herpetological Review 22 (1991): 61.

-. "Predation by Loxocemus bicolor on the Eggs of

Ctenosaura similis and Iguana iguana." Journal of Herpetology 21 (1987): 334-335.

Mora, J. M., and D. C. Robinson. "Predation of Sea Turtle Eggs (Lepidochelys) by the Snake Loxocemus bicolor Cope." Revista de BiologĂ­a Tropical 32 (1984): 161-162.

Nelson, C. E., and J. R. Meyer. "Variation and Distribution of the Middle American Snake Genus, Loxocemus Cope (Boidae?)." Southwestern Naturalist 12 (1967): 439-453.

Odinchenko, V. I., and V. A. Latyshev. "Keeping and Breeding in Captivity the Mexican Burrowing Python Loxocemus bicolor (Cope, 1961) at Moscow Zoo." Russian Journal of Herpetology 3 (1996): 95-96.

Willard, D. E. "Constricting Methods of Snakes." Copeia 1977 (1977): 379-382.

Woodbury, A. M., and D. M. Woodbury. "Notes on Mexican Snakes from Oaxaca." Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences 34 (1944): 360-373.

Other

"Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora." [cited September 24, 2002]. <http://www.cites.org>

Javier A. RodrĂ­guez-Robles, PhD

Class Reptilia Order Squamata Suborder Serpentes Family Boidae

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Small to giant constricting snakes possessing paired lungs, cloacal spurs, and toothless premaxilla; most species are viviparous

Size

Number of genera, species

7 genera; 41 species

Habitat

Loose sand, burrows, grasslands, savanna, forest, various freshwater habitats

Conservation status

Endangered: 1 species; Vulnerable: 4 species; Lower Risk/Near Threatened: 2 species

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