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Elaphe obsoleta  (Say in James, 1823)
Taxonomic Serial No.: 174177

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Species  
  Synonym(s): Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta (Say in James, 1823)
    Coluber obsoletus Say in James, 1823
    Elaphe obsoleta lindheimerii (Baird and Girard, 1853)
    Scotophis lindheimeri Baird and Girard, 1853
  Common Name(s): Rat Snake [English]
    Texas Ratsnake [English]
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                      ClassReptilia Laurenti, 1768 – répteis, reptiles, Reptiles  
                         OrderSquamata Oppel, 1811 – Amphisbaenians, Lizards, Snakes, amphisbènes, lézards, serpents  
                            SuborderSerpentes Linnaeus, 1758 – Snakes, cobra, serpente, serpents  
                               InfraorderAlethinophidia Nopcsa, 1923  
                                  FamilyColubridae Oppel, 1811 – Colubrids, Typical Snakes  
                                     GenusElaphe Fitzinger in Wagler, 1833 – Corn Snakes, Fox Snakes, Rat Snakes, Ratsnakes  
                                        SpeciesElaphe obsoleta (Say in James, 1823) – Rat Snake, Texas Ratsnake  

  Expert: Roy W. McDiarmid  
  Notes: U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center   
  Reference for: Elaphe obsoleta    
  Other Source(s):    
  Source: Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad, database (version undefined)  
  Acquired: 2000   
  Notes: CONABIO: (   
  Reference for: Elaphe obsoleta   
  Source: NODC Taxonomic Code, database (version 8.0)  
  Acquired: 1996   
  Reference for: Elaphe obsoleta   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Banks, R. C., R. W. McDiarmid, A. L. Gardner, and W. C. Starnes  
  Publication Date: 2004   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Checklist of Vertebrates of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and Canada, draft (2004)   
  Publication Place:    
  Notes: As-yet (2004) unpublished manuscript from 1998   
  Reference for: Elaphe obsoleta   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Banks, R. C., R. W. McDiarmid, and A. L. Gardner  
  Publication Date: 1987   
  Article/Chapter Title: Checklist of Vertebrates of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and Canada   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Resource Publication, no. 166   
  Page(s): 79   
  Publisher: United States Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service   
  Publication Place: Washington, D.C., USA   
  Reference for: Elaphe obsoleta   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Burbrink, Frank T.  
  Publication Date: 2001   
  Article/Chapter Title: Systematics of the eastern ratsnake complex (Elaphe obsoleta)   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Herpetological Monographs, vol. 15, no. 1   
  Page(s): 1-53   
  Publication Place:    
  ISBN/ISSN: 0733-1347   
  Reference for: Elaphe obsoleta   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Flores-Villela, Oscar / McCoy, C. J., ed.  
  Publication Date: 1993   
  Article/Chapter Title: Herpetofauna Mexicana: Lista anotada de las especies de anfibios y reptiles de México, cambios taxonómicos recientes, y nuevas especies   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Carnegie Museum of Natural History Special Publication, no. 17   
  Page(s): iv + 73   
  Publisher: Carnegie Museum of Natural History   
  Publication Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-911239-42-1   
  Reference for: Elaphe obsoleta   

 Geographic Information
  Geographic Division: Middle America  
    North America  
  Jurisdiction/Origin: Canada, Native  
    Continental US, Native  
    Mexico, Native  






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