Sunbeam snakes

Class Reptilia Order Squamata Suborder Serpentes Family Xenopeltidae

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Common semifossorial snakes with smooth, shiny, iridescent scales. Although dark brown on top and pale gray or yellow beneath, the scales reflect the colors of the spectrum, hence their common name, sunbeam snakes


2-3 ft (approximately 1 m)

Number of genera, species

1 genus; 2 species


Agricultural and settled areas and along the edges of forests

Conservation status

Not threatened

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