World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Dusky dwarf boa

Article Id: WHEBN0013430293
Reproduction Date:

Title: Dusky dwarf boa  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Not Evaluated
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Dusky dwarf boa

Tropidophis melanurus
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Tropidophiidae
Genus: Tropidophis
Species: T. melanurus
Binomial name
Tropidophis melanurus
(Schlegel, 1837)
  • Boa melanura - Schlegel, 1837
  • Tropidophis melanurus - Bibron In de la Sagra, 1840
  • Notophis bicarinatus - Hallowell, 1856
  • Ungalia melanura - Cope, 1868
  • Ungalia melanura - Boulenger, 1893
  • U[ngalia]. melanura - Cope, 1868
  • Tropidophis melanurus melanurus - Schwartz & Thomas, 1960[1]
Common names: dusky dwarf boa,[2] Cuban wood snake, Cuban giant dwarf boa.

Tropidophis melanurus is a non-venomous dwarf boa species found mainly in Cuba. Currently, 3 subspecies are recognized, including the typical form described here.[2]


Adults grow to an average of 32 to 39 in (80 to 100 cm) in length.[3]

Geographic range

Found in Cuba, as well as on some nearby islands, including Cayos de San Felipe (Cayo Real), Isla de la Juventud and Navassa Island. The type locality given is "l'île de Cuba."[1]


Under natural circumstances, the diet consists of lizards and amphibians, although specimens in captivity can be switched to rodents.


Subspecies[2] Taxon author[2] Common name Geographic range
T. m. dysodes Schwartz & Thomas, 1960 Type locality: "one km N. of La Coloma, Pinar del Río Province, Cuba.
T. m. ericksoni Schwartz & Thomas, 1960 Type locality: "Bibijagua, Isla de Piños, Habana Province, Cuba."
T. m. melanurus (Schlegel, 1837) Type locality: "l'île de Cuba."

See also


External links

  • Reptile Database. Accessed 25 September 2007.
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.