GENUS: LAMPROPHIS

Species Midbody
scale
rows
Ventrals Paired
/Single
Sub-
Caudals
Total
Sub-
Caudals
Anal
Shield
Divided/
Entire
No of
Upper
Labials
No of
Upper
Labials
entering
the eye
No of
Pre-
Oculars
No of
Post-
Oculars
Lower
labials
Temporals
Lamprophis aurora 23
(21)
165-185 P (S) 35-58 E 8 4+5
(3-5)
1
(2)
2 6
(7/9)

(2+3)
Lamprophis fiskii 21-23 178-183 P 28-34 E 7/8 4+5 1 2 7/8 1+2
Lamprophis capensis 25-35 186-228 P 45-71 E 8
(9)
4+5
variable
1/2 2 9
(8/10)
1+2
variable
Lamprophis fuscus 19 165-199 P 56-74 E 7/8 3+4
(5+6)
1
(2)
2 7/8 1+2
Lamprophis guttatus 21-25 186-230 P 46-72 E 7
(9)
3-5
(4+5)
1 2/3 8 1+2
Lamprophis inornatus 23
(21/25)
170-196 P 45-70 E 8 3-5
(4+5)
1
(2)
2
(1)
8
(7)
1+2
Lamprophis swazicus 17 199-208 P 75-91 E 8 3-5 1 2 9-11 1+2

NOTE: ( ) = Rarely + = And / = Or * = Scales around the eye

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Copyright: Séan Thomas & Eugene Griessel - Dec 1999.