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Taxonomy of the genus Coelognathus Biodiversity of the family Colubridae

Bibliography of the genus
Coelognathus (Oriental Rat Snakes)

(Reptilia: Serpentes: Colubridae)

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Coelognathus in general

Chen, X.; Lemmon, A.R.; Lemmon, E.M.; Pyron, R.A.; Burbrink, F.T. 2017. Using phylogenomics to understand the link between biogeographic origins and regional diversification in ratsnakes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 111: 206-218.

Harikrishnan, S.; Choudhary, B.C.; Vasudevan, K. 2010. Recent records of snakes (Squamata: Serpentes) from Nicobar Islands, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 2(11): 1297-1300.

Helfenberger, N. 2001. Phylogenetic relationships of Old World ratsnakes based on visceral organ topography, osteology, and allozyme variation. Russian Journal of Herpetology 8(Supplement): 1-62.

Hoser, R.T. 2012. A division of the south-east Asian ratsnake genus Coelognathus (Serpentes: Colubridae). Australasian Journal of Herpetology 12: 9-11.

Huang, S.C.; Chen, M.Y.; Norval, G. 2008. Angriff eines Tokehs (Gecko gecko) auf eine Palawan-Kletternatter (Coelognathus philippinus) auf der Insel Palawan, Philippinen. Sauria (Berlin) 30(3): 51-54.

Leviton, A.E. 1979. Contribution to a review of Philippine snakes. 13. The snakes of the genus Elaphe. Philippine Journal of Science 106(3/4) [1977]: 99-128.

Utiger, U.; Schätti, B.; Helfenberger, N. 2005. The Oriental colubrine genus Coelognathus Fitzinger, 1843 and classification of Old and New World racers and ratsnakes (Reptilia, Squamata, Colubridae, Colubrinae). Russian Journal of Herpetology 12(1): 39-60.

Coelognathus erythrura

Dela Cruz, C.J.P.; Castro, J.Q.; Ariscon, A.; Delavin, J.; Medina, J.A. 2018. Natural history notes: Coelognathus erythrurus manillensis (Philippine Rat Snake). Cave habitat use. Herpetological Review 49(1): 126.

Gaulke, M. 1996. Die Herpetofauna von Sibutu Island (Philippinen), unter Berücksichtigung zoogeographischer und ökologischer Aspekte. Senckenbergiana Biologica 75(1-2): 45-56.

Schulz, K.D. 1988. Die hinterasiatischen Kletternattern der Gattung Elaphe. 14. Elaphe subradiata (Schlegel 1837) und Elaphe erythrura (Dumeril & Bibron 1854). Sauria (Berlin) 10(3): 17-20.

Schulz, K.D. 1989. Asian rat snakes of the Elaphe genus. 14. Elaphe subradiata (Schlegel 1837) and Elaphe erythrura (Dumeril & Bibron 1854). Snake Keeper 3(4): 14-17.

Smith, M.A. 1928. The status of some recently described genera and species of snakes. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (Ser. 10) 1: 494-497.

Sy, E.Y. 2015. Geographic distribution: Coelognathus erythrurus psephenourus (Philippine Gray-tailed Ratsnake). Herpetological Review 46(2): 218.

Coelognathus flavolineatus

Brongersma, L.D. 1947. Zoological notes from Port Dickson. 1. Amphibians and reptiles. Zoologische Mededelingen (Leiden) 27: 300-308.

Geissler, P.; Nguyen, Q.T.; Poyarkov, N.A.; Böhme, W. 2011. New records of snakes from Cat Tien National Park, Dong Nai and Lam Dong provinces, southern Vietnam. Bonn Zoological Bulletin 60(1): 9-16.

Grossmann, W.; Tillack, F. 1998. Bemerkungen zur Verbreitung von Elaphe flavolineata (Schlegel, 1837). Sauria (Berlin) 20(3): 43-45.

Gumprecht, A. 1996. Elaphe flavolineata (Schlegel). Sauria (Berlin) 18(3): 373-376.

Murphy, J.C.; Hill, J.; Karns, D.R. 2006. Geographic distribution: Coelognathus flavolineatus (Yellow-striped Ratsnake). Herpetological Review 37(2): 242.

Orlov, N.L.; Ryabov, S.A.; Nguyen, V.S.; Nguyen, Q.T. 2003. New records and data on the poorly known snakes of Vietnam. Russian Journal of Herpetology 10(3): 217-240.

Rooijen, J. van 2012. Estimating the snake species richness of the Santubong Peninsula (Borneo): a computer-simulation. Amphibia-Reptilia 33(3-4): 521-525.

Schulz, K.D. 1987. Die hinterasiatischen Kletternattern der Gattung Elaphe. 10. Elaphe flavolineata. Sauria (Berlin) 9(3): 21-23.

Schulz, K.D. 1988. Asian rat snakes of the Elaphe genus. 10. Elaphe flavolineata (Schlegel, 1837). Snake Keeper 2(12): 17-18.

Szyndlar, Z.; Nguyen, V.S. 1996. Terrestrial snake fauna of Vietnam: distributional records. The Snake 27(2): 91-98.

Wood, P.L.; Youmans, T.M.; Szutz, T. 2003. Geographic distribution: Elaphe flavolineata (Yellow-striped Ratsnake). Herpetological Review 34(4): 388.

Coelognathus helena

Anonymous. 1986. Säugetiere, Vögel und Reptilien, die im Kölner Zoo geboren wurden. Zeitschrift des Kölner Zoo 29(2): 63.

Abyerami, S.; Sivashanthini, K. 2008. Diversity of snakes from the Jaffna Peninsula, Sri Lanka. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences 11(16): 1969-1978.

Ahmed, S.; Dasgupta, G. 1991. Studies on the lizard and snakes of north Bihar. Records of the Zoological Survey of India 88(1-4): 75-80.

Bhutkar, R.; Mahabal, A. 2014. Cases of albinism in snakes from Maharashtra, India. Reptile Rap 16: 31-35.

Bout, R. 1989. Breeding results. Elaphe helena (F3). Litteratura Serpentium (English Edition) 9(2): 90.

Broer, W.; Engelhardt, M. 1981. Haltung and Zucht einer selten importierten Schlange: Elaphe helena (Daudin 1803) (Reptilia: Serpentes: Colubridae). Salamandra 17(1-2): 63-70.

Bröer, W.; Engelhardt, M. 1981. Haltung und Zucht einer selten importierten Schlange: Elaphe helena. Salamandra 17: 63-70.

Chowdhury, S.; Sengupta, R.; Mitra, S.; Chaudhuri, A. 2018. Extension of the known range of the Trinket Snake, Coelognathus helena nigriangularis (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae), in India. IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 25(2): 129–131.

Dastidar, D.G.; Mani, S.D. 2008. Translocation of snakes from the NTPC campus at Alappuzha, Kerala, to the Konni Reserve Forest in Kerala. Cobra (Chennai) 2(1): 13-21.

Deshmukh, R.V.; Deshmukh, S.A.; Badhekar, S.A.; Raut, P.S.; Katgube, S.D. 2018. Consumption of shed skin and scavenging behavior by Common Indian Trinket Snakes, Coelognathus helena helena (Daudin 1803). IRCF (International Reptile Conservation Foundation) Journal 25(3): 192–193.

Fleming, R.L.; Fleming, R.L. 1973. Some snakes from Nepal. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 70(3): 426-437.

Ganesh, S.R.; Arumugam, M. 2016. Species richness of montane herpetofauna of southern Eastern Ghats, India: a historical resume and a descriptive checklist. Russian Journal of Herpetology 23(1): 7-24.

Green, E.E. 1905. Curious behaviour of a snake in captivity. Spolia Zeylanica 3: 157.

Green, E.E. 1906. On the constricting habit of Coluber helena. Spolia Zeylanica 3: 197.

Hill, W.C.O. 1959. Trinket snake (Elaphe helena) with abnormalities in ventral scalation. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 55: 577-578.

KANTIMAHANTI, M.; Schulz, K.D.; Sharma, V. 2015. Neue Fundorte von Coelognathus helena cf. monticollaris (Schulz, 1992) aus Andhra Pradesh, Indien. Sauria (Berlin) 37(4): 71-74.

Khaire, A.; Kumar Khaire, N. 1984. Egglaying of trinket snake of India. Science and Culture 50(3): 87-89.

Khaire, N. 1977. Snake collecting in Matheran. Newsletter of the Madras Snake Park Trust 2(1): 10-11.

Kornacker, P. 1986. Breeding results. Elaphe helena. Litteratura Serpentium (English Edition) 6(4): 159-160.

Kornacker, P. 1986. Die Indische Schmucknatter (Elaphe helena). Herpetofauna (Weinstadt) 8(44): 10.

Kornacker, P.M. 1997. Notes on the biology, keeping and breeding of Elaphe helena helena (Daudin, 1802). British Herpetological Society Bulletin 59: 19-29.

Kumbhar, A.S.; Patwardhan, G.C.; Pradhan, A.K.; Dungriyal, N.S. 2011. New locality record of Coelognathus helena monticollaris (Schulz, 1992) from central India. Cobra (Chennai) 5(2): 31-35.

Langeveld, C.M. 1995. Keeping and breeding the trinket snake Elaphe helena (Daudin, 1803). Litteratura Serpentium (English Edition) 15(6): 146-152.

Mehta, R.S. 2003. Prey-handling behavior of hatchling Elaphe helena (Colubridae). Herpetologica 59(4): 469-474.

Mehta, R.S. 2006. Meal size effects on antipredator behavior of hatchling trinket snakes, Elaphe helena. Ethology 112(7): 649-656.

Mehta, R.S. 2009. Early experience shapes the development of behavioral repertoires of hatchling snakes. Journal of Ethology 27(1): 143-151.

Mohapatra, P.P.; Schulz, K.D.; Helfenberger, N.; Hofmann, S.; Dutta, S.K. 2016. A contribution to the Indian Trinket Snake, Coelognathus helena (Daudin, 1803), with the description of a new subspecies. Russian Journal of Herpetology 23(2): 115-144.

Murthy, T.S.N. 1995. Reptilia and Amphibia. pp. 507-560. In: Ghosh, A.K. (ed.). Fauna of Chilka Lake. Zoological Survey of India, Calcutta. 672 pp.

Murthy, T.S.N.; Chandrasekhar, S.V.A. 1989. Remarks on the colour pattern of the Indian trinket snake Elaphe helena (Daudin) (Serpentes: Colubridae). The Snake 21(1): 51-53.

Nande, R.; Deshmukh, S. 2007. Snakes of Amravati district including Melghat, Maharashtra, with important records of the Indian egg-eater, montane trinket snake and Indian Smooth Snake. Zoos' Print Journal 22(12): 2920-2924.

Niehaus, G.; Schulz, K.D. 1987. Die hier hinterasiatischen Kletternattern der Gattung Elaphe. Teil 11. Elaphe helena (Daudin, 1803). Sauria (Berlin) 9(4): 3-7.

Niehaus, G.; Schulz, K.D. 1989. Asian rat snakes of the Elaphe genus. Part 11. Elaphe helena (Daudin, 1803). Snake Keeper 3(1): 18-21.

Parmar, D.S. 2017. Notes on incubation and hatching in Coelognathus helena helena (Daudin, 1803) from Gujarat, India. Sauria (Berlin) 39(3): 31-36.

Rajarathinam, R.; Kalaiarasan, V. 1995. Records of cannibalism in captive reptiles. Cobra (Madras) 22: 22-23.

Royans, D.; Knight, S. 2009. An overview of the Indian trinket snake. Herptile 34(2): 35-44.

Schetty, P. 1950. Elaphe helena. Wochenschrift für Aquarien- und Terrarienkunde (Braunschweig) 44: 277-278.

Schulz, K.D. 1992. Die geographischen Unterarten der Indischen Schmucknatter Elaphe helena (Daudin, 1803). Salamandra 28(1): 14-24.

Schulz, K.D.; Niehaus, G. 1987. Die hinterasiatischen Kletternattern der Gattung Elaphe. 11. Elaphe helena. Sauria (Berlin) 9(4): 3-7.

Sharma, S.K. 2009. Presence of montane trinket snake Coelognathus helena monticollaris in Phulwari-Ki-Nal Wildlife Sanctuary, Udaipur District, Rajasthan, India. Cobra (Chennai) 3(4): 19-20.

Silva, A. de 1977. Some observations on the development of Elaphe helena (Daudin) eggs. Newsletter of the Madras Snake Park Trust 2(2): 8-9.

Smith, T. 1990. The trinket snake, Elaphe helena. Herptile 15(1): 21-28.

Sundersingh, P.P.H. 1960. Reptilian fauna of Pilani with a note on the food contents. Part I. Ophidia. Proceedings Rajasthan Acad. Sci. 7: 52-59.

Vyas, R. 2012. Albinismus bei zwei indischen Nattern, Oligodon arnensis und Coeloghnathus helena [Albinism in two Indian colubrine snakes, Oligodon arnensis and Coelognathus helena]. Sauria (Berlin) 34(3): 57-61.

Coelognathus radiatus

Abraham, G. 1983. Elaphe radiata. Sauria (Berlin) 5(2): 2.

Ambu, S.; Sing, N.C.; Mokhtar, S. 1986. Growth rate of the copper-headed racer and the common cobra observed at the snake farm, Perlis, Malaysia. The Snake 18(1): 33-36.

Bhatnagar, R.K. 1969. Extension of range of copperhead snake, Elaphe radiata Schlegel (Ophidia: Colubridae) to Doon valley and Doon siwaliks. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 66: 383.

Bhatnagar, R.K. 1976. Hemipenal structure in Elaphe radiata Schlegel with a diagnostic key based on hemipenis. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 72(2) [1975]: 560-562.

Chapman, G. 1998. Captive care and breeding of the radiated ratsnake Elaphe radiata. Herptile 23(1): 31-34.

Cheke, A.S. 1973. Snakes at Chiang Mai University. Natural History Bulletin of the Siam Society 24(3-4): 469-471.

Gairdner, K.G. 1915. Notes on the fauna and flora of Ratburi and Petchaburi districts (Part II). Journal of the Natural History Society of Siam 1(3): 131-156.

Gumprecht, A. 2001. Coelognatus [Coelognathus] radiatus (Boie). Sauria (Berlin) 23(3): 531-534 (Suppl).

Javed, S.M.M.; Tampal, F.; Srinivasulu, C. 2010. First record of Coelognathus radiatus (Boie, 1827) (Reptilia: Colubridae) from the Ananthagiri Hills, Eastern Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 2(9): 1172-1174.

Kuch, U.; Zug, G.R. 2004. Natural history notes: Bungarus candidus (Malayan Krait). Diet. Herpetological Review 35(3): 274.

Langeveld, C.M. 1993. Elaphe radiata (Schlegel 1837), a biological egg-laying machine? Litteratura Serpentium (English Edition) 13(2): 56-58.

Langeveld, C.M.; Maas, M. 1992. Elaphe radiata (Schlegel, 1837) by foul means or fair. Litteratura Serpentium (English Edition) 12(6): 152-160.

Negi, H.S. 2004. First record of the Copperhead snake Elaphe radiata from Madhya Pradesh. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 101(1): 166.

Petzold, H.G. 1963. Im Tierpark Berlin 1958 erstmalig gehaltene Tierformen. Mitt. aus dem Tierpark Berlin 1(4): 177-202.

Ryabov, S.A. 1997. On the extraordinary high productivity in Elaphe radiata. Russian Journal of Herpetology 4(2): 203-204.

Schulz, K.D. 1986. Die hinterasiatischen Kletternattern der Gattung Elaphe. 7. Elaphe radiata (Schlegel, 1837). Sauria (Berlin) 8(4): 3-6.

Schulz, K.D. 1988. Asian rat snakes of the Elaphe genus. 7. Elaphe radiata (Schlegel, 1837). Snake Keeper 2(8): 12-15.

Soud, R.; Sutradhar, S.; Talukdar, S. 2006. A note on the occurrence of copper-headed trinket snake Coelognathus radiatus (Boie, 1827) in western Assam. Cobra (Chennai) 64: 11-12.

Vogel, G.; Han-Yuen, H.K. 2010. Death feigning behavior in three colubrid species of tropical Asia. Russian Journal of Herpetology 17(1): 15-21.

Wangyal, J.T. 2013. A contribution to the knowledge of the ratsnakes of Bhutan. pp. 337-342. In: Schulz, K.D. (ed.). Old World ratsnakes: a collection of papers. Bushmaster Publications, Berg. 432 pp.

Coelognathus subradiatus

Brongersma, L.D. 1934. Contributions to Indo-Australian herpetology. Zoologische Mededelingen (Leiden) 17: 161-251.

How, R.A.; Schmitt, L.H.; Suyanto, A. 1996. Geographical variation in the morphology of four snake species from the Lesser Sunda Islands, eastern Indonesia. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 59(4): 439-456.

Schulz, K.D. 1988. Die hinterasiatischen Kletternattern der Gattung Elaphe. 14. Elaphe subradiata (Schlegel 1837) und Elaphe erythrura (Dumeril & Bibron 1854). Sauria (Berlin) 10(3): 17-20.

Schulz, K.D. 1989. Asian rat snakes of the Elaphe genus. 14. Elaphe subradiata (Schlegel 1837) and Elaphe erythrura (Dumeril & Bibron 1854). Snake Keeper 3(4): 14-17.