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Snakes (Serpentes)


Rough-scaled Dwarf Boas

Typical Dwarf Boas

Biodiversity of the family Tropidophiidae Bibliography of the family Tropidophiidae

Dwarf Boas
Zwergboas     Dværgboaer

  33 species of which 31 (93.9%) are endemic - 2 genera of which none are endemic (as of December 31st, 2018).

Remarks: The two genera of this family were previously included in Boidae (e.g., Dowling 1959; Stimson 1969; Goin, Goin & Zug 1978). Now recognized as a separate family (e.g., Smith, Smith & Sawin 1977; Zug, Vitt & Caldwell 2001). Exiliboa and Ungaliophis, originally and now again placed in the family Boidae, were also included in this family for some time (e.g., Goin, Goin & Zug 1978).

Distribution:  Central America, South America, West Indies.

Reported from:
Bahamas, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Peru, Turks & Caicos Islands.