Great Lystrophis semicinctus Pix here

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Posted by Adonis Tate on September 22, 1999 at 18:35:13:

In Reply to: Re: Lystrophis-desperately seeking more info posted by Jo ann on September 22, 1999 at 15:08:01:

: : : Hi-I am trying-seems in vein-to find any info, papers, studies, photos of ALL the species of Lystrophis, can anyone help-please e-mail me at

: : : Thanks Jo Ann

: :
: : dorbignyi article with pics
: : Translation:
: : This inoffensive snake owes its common name to to its display of colors typical of highly venemous species like yaras, cruceras (Bothrops) & coral snakes. They live in So. Brazil, Argentina & Uruguay. At Perla de Rocha (Urug.) itís possible to see them when they come out of the sand in Nov & Feb. If we come across one, we can probably enjoy its typical defensive behavior (aposematic). It inflates its body and forms the end of its tail into a ring, showing the red ventral color. It hardly bites & is practically inoffensive. It prefers sandy substrates, in which it digs with a certain facility. 560mm including 80mm tail. Females have measured up to 610mm. They eat small amphibs & repts, occasionally insects. It mates starting in Sept & lays Dec up to 10 eggs, which hatch in Jan or Feb. Commonly preyed upon by hawks & owls.

: : Great Pic of semicinctus

: : John Coborn (Atlas Snakes World) says eat mainly toads.

: : I saw a dealer's site recently claiming to be the only source for Lystrophis. $1000 gets you one.

: : An enlightened herpetoculturist might get a Heterodon & a Lampropeltis triangulum, put them in the same aquarium & enjoy all the fine qualities of Lystrophis, & have two snakes to boot!

: Thanks you so much is there more :-) wow
: thanks you thank you Rainwater claims they eat mice, which doesn't seem surprising considering their resemblance to Heterodon.

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