Definition of Colubridae
1. Noun. Nonvenomous snakes; about two-thirds of all living species.
Generic synonyms: Reptile Family
Group relationships: Ophidia, Serpentes, Suborder Ophidia, Suborder Serpentes
Member holonyms: Colubrid, Colubrid Snake, Carphophis, Genus Carphophis, Diadophis, Genus Diadophis, Genus Heterodon, Heterodon, Genus Phyllorhynchus, Phyllorhynchus, Genus Opheodrys, Opheodrys, Chlorophis, Genus Chlorophis, Coluber, Genus Coluber, Genus Masticophis, Masticophis, Elaphe, Genus Elaphe, Genus Ptyas, Ptyas, Arizona, Genus Arizona, Genus Pituophis, Pituophis, Genus Lampropeltis, Lampropeltis, Genus Thamnophis, Thamnophis, Genus Tropidoclonion, Tropidoclonion, Genus Sonora, Sonora, Genus Potamophis, Potamophis, Genus Haldea, Haldea, Genus Natrix, Natrix, Genus Nerodia, Nerodia, Genus Storeria, Storeria, Chilomeniscus, Genus Chilomeniscus, Genus Tantilla, Tantilla, Genus Oxybelis, Oxybelis, Genus Trimorphodon, Trimorphodon, Genus Hypsiglena, Hypsiglena, Drymarchon, Genus Drymarchon
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
Literary usage of Colubridae
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
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 ..."