Epicrates is a genus of non-venomous snakes in the subfamily Boinae of the family Boidae. The genus is native to South America and Central America. Five species are currently recognized as being valid, including the rainbow boa.
Distribution and habitat
Species of Epicrates are found in lower Central America through South America as far south as Argentina.
Common name Geographic range E. alvarezi Ábalos
, 1964 Argentinian rainbow boa northern Argentina, southeastern Bolivia
, western Paraguay E. assisi Machado
, 1945 Brazil E. cenchriaT
) rainbow boa French Guiana
, Bolivia, and Argentina E. crassus
, 1862) Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina, and Brazil E. maurusT Gray
, 1849 brown rainbow boa Nicaragua
, Costa Rica
, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, northern Brazil, Trinidad
, Isla Margarita
*) Not including the nominate subspecies.
T) Type species.
The specific name, alvarezi, is in honor of Argentine herpetologist Antenor Álvarez (1864–1948).
The specific name, assisi, is in honor of Arlindo de Assis who collected the holotype.