Definition of Colubridae

1. Noun. Nonvenomous snakes; about two-thirds of all living species.




Medical Definition of Colubridae

1. The largest family of snakes, comprising five subfamilies: colubrinae, natricinae, homalopsinae, lycodontinae, and xenodontinae. They show a great diversity of eating habits, some eating almost anything, others having a specialised diet. They can be oviparous, ovoviviparous, or viviparous. The majority of north american snakes are colubrines. Among the colubrids are king snakes, water moccasins, water snakes, and garter snakes. Some genera are poisonous. (goin, goin, and zug, introduction to herpetology, 3d ed, pp321-29) (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Colubridae

colthood
colting
coltish
coltishly
coltishness
coltishnesses
coltivirus
colts
coltsfeet
coltsfoot
coltsfoots
coltwood
coltwoods
colubrid
colubrid snake
colubridae (current term)
colubrids
colubriform
colubrine
colugo
colugos
columbamine
columbaria
columbaries
columbarium
columbariums
columbary
columbate
columbates
columbia sk virus

Literary usage of Colubridae

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1. The Geographical Distribution of Animals: With a Study of the Relations of by Alfred Russel Wallace (1876)
"The Ethiopian has 25, belonging to 11 families; four to colubridae, ... The Oriental has no less than 50, belonging to 15 families ; five are colubridae, ..."

2. Practical Bacteriology, Blood Work and Animal Parasitology: Including by Edward Rhodes Stitt (1916)
"Of the colubridae the ... Many of our harmless snakes such as the garter-snake and blacksnake belong to the colubridae. The cobras belong to the subfamily ..."

3. Illustrated Official Handbook of the Cape and South Africa: A Résumé of the by John Noble (1896)
"The colubridae have been conveniently divided into three series, according to the special character of their teeth : the first ..."

4. Report (1905)
"4: colubridae—Ko-lu-bri-de. b. 'Dorsal scales in 15-17 rows.—Storeria, 114. a. Anal plate entire, bb Dorsal scale rows not exceeding 23; two nasals. ..."

5. The Cambridge Natural History by Sidney Frederick Harmer, Arthur Everett Shipley (1901)
"colubridae, p. 60C. 2. Maxillary horizontal; pterygoid not reaching quadrate ... colubridae. Fam. 1. Typhlopidae.—Burrowing snakes which have the whole body ..."

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