Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is known from northeastern Chiapas, Mexico, and central Guatemala to northwestern El Salvador and southwestern Honduras. It occurs from 1,500 to 2,000 m asl (Wilson and Johnson 2010).
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Continent: Middle-America
Distribution: SE Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras (elevation 1890-2020 m), El Salvador
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This snake is an inhabitant of montane rainforest and cloud forest. While it can occasionally be present in recently disturbed areas, it is not able to persist in these habitats.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
VU
Vulnerable

Red List Criteria
B1ab(iii)

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2013

Assessor/s
Campbell, J.A. & Muñoz-Alonso, A.

Reviewer/s
Bowles, P.

Contributor/s

Justification
Listed as Vulnerable because the extent of occurrence is less than 20,000 km², it occurs as a severely fragmented population, and because there is ongoing deforestation of the species' habitat and it is unable to adapt to disturbed environments.

History
  • 2007
    Vulnerable
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Population

Population
This species is becoming increasingly uncommon in some areas, especially in Mexico.

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

Major Threats
Deforestation is a major threat to this species, mainly for timber extraction, agriculture and livestock raising.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species is protected by Mexican law under the category Pr (Special Protection). It is found in several protected areas, both in Mexico and Guatemala.
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Wikipedia

Leptophis modestus


Leptophis modestus, commonly known as the cloud forest parrot snake,[3] is a species of medium-sized slender snake of the Colubridae family. It is endemic to Mesoamerica. There are currently no recognized subspecies.[4]

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Geographic range [edit]

It can be found in southern Mexico, central Guatemala, northwestern El Salvador and southwestern Honduras.[1]

Description [edit]

The type specimen of Leptophis modestus is 130 cm (51 in) in total length, with a tail 54 cm (21 in) long.[2]

Dorsally, it is olive-green. There is a blackish streak behind each eye, and the lips and throat are yellowish. Ventrally, it is pale green.[2]

The dorsal scales are arranged in 15 rows at midbody, strongly keeled except for the first row (adjacent to the ventrals) and on the tail.[2]

Ventrals 171; anal plate divided; subcaudals 171, divided.[5][2]

Habitat [edit]

L. modestus is an inhabitant of the cloud forests of Mesoamerica.

Conservation status [edit]

It is currently considered a threatened species. Habitat loss due to deforestation has led to a decrease in population numbers.[1]

References [edit]

  1. ^ a b c Campbell, J.A., & Muñoz-Alonso, A. (2007). "Leptophis modestus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.4. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Boulenger, G.A. 1894. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume II., Containing the Conclusion of the Colubridæ Aglyphæ. Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, Printers.) London. xi + 382 pp. + Plates I.- XX. (Leptophis modestus, pp, 107-108.)
  3. ^ The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  4. ^ "Leptophis modestus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Günther, 1872., p. 26.

Further reading [edit]

  • Günther, A. 1872. Seventh Account of new Species of Snakes in the Collection of the British Museum. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Fourth Series 9:13-37. (Ahætulla modesta, p. 26 + Plate VI., figure C.)


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