Distribution: Mexico (Veracruz, Yucatan), Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama ?, Colombia (Pérez-Santos & Moreno 1988)
Type locality: Tabasco, Mexico
Catalog Number: USNM 6581
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Amphibians & Reptiles
Locality: San Juan Bautista, Tabasco, Mexico
Habitat and Ecology
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
The head is somewhat distinct from the neck. The eye is moderate in size, with a vertically elliptical pupil. The body is cylindrical, and the tail is moderately long.
The coloration of juveniles is completely different from that of adults. Juveniles have a black head, a yellow or white nuchal crossband (collar), and a red body. They are often mistaken for coral snakes and killed.
- "Clelia scytalina". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
- Reptarium. Clelia scytalina (Cope, 1867) at the Reptile Database. Consulted: 22 April 2012.
- Muñoz Chacón, Federico. (2000) Clelia scytalina (Cope, 1867). INBio (Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad), Costa Rica. Consulted: 22 April 2012.