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    Aparallactus guentheri
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    Aparallactus guentheri, or the black centipede-eater, is a species of venomous rear-fanged snake in the family Atractaspididae.[2] The species is endemic to Africa.

    Etymology

    The specific epithet, guentheri, is in honor of German-British herpetologist Albert Günther,[3] who preceded George Albert Boulenger at the British Museum (Natural History).

    Geographic range

    A. guentheri is found in Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zanzibar, and Zimbabwe.

    Description

    A. guentheri is blackish brown dorsally, a little lighter ventrally. The chin and throat are yellowish white. It has a deep black collar, edged with yellowish white in front and behind, narrowly interrupted on the throat.

    Adults may attain a total length of 33 cm (13 in), with a tail 8 cm (3 18 in) long.

    Portion of rostral visible from above nearly half as long as its distance from the frontal. Frontal 1½ times as long as broad, much longer than its distance from the end of the snout, a little shorter than the parietals. Nasal divided, in contact with the preocular. One postocular. Seven upper labials, third and fourth entering the eye, fifth in contact with the parietal. Mental in contact with the anterior chin shields, which are as long as and a little broader than the posterior chin shields. Anterior chin shields in contact with four lower labials.

    Dorsal scales smooth, without pits, in 15 rows; anal entire; subcaudals 51–59, entire.[4]

    References

    1. ^ "Aparallactus guentheri ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
    2. ^ "Aparallactus ". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved August 9, 2010..mw-parser-output cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output q{quotes:"""""'"'"}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-free a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/65/Lock-green.svg/9px-Lock-green.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-registration a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Lock-gray-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-gray-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-subscription a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/aa/Lock-red-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-red-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}
    3. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Aparallactus guentheri, p. 111).
    4. ^ Boulenger GA (1896). Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History), Volume III., Containing the Colubridæ (Opisthoglyphæ and Proteroglyphæ) ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiv + 727 pp. + Plates I-XXV. (Aparallactus guentheri, p. 259 + Plate XI, figures 2, 2a, 2b).

Distribution

    Distribution
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    Continent: Africa
    Distribution: E Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Angola, N Mozambique, S Tanzania, Zanzibar
    Type locality: Lake Nyassa Shire Highlands and Zanzibar.
    Type locality: Nyange, uluguru Mts., Tanzania [uluguruensis]