Aparallactus guentheri

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.

Aparallactus guentheri
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Lamprophiidae
Genus: Aparallactus
A. guentheri
Binomial name
Aparallactus guentheri


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 rangeEdit

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


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]


  1. ^ "Aparallactus guentheri ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  2. ^ "Aparallactus ". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved August 9, 2010.
  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).

Further readingEdit

  • Boulenger GA (1895). "Descriptions of Two new Snakes from Usumbara, German East Africa". Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Sixth Series 16: 171–173. (Aparallactus guentheri, new species, p. 172).
  • Branch, Bill (2004). Field Guide to Snakes and other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Third Revised edition, Second impression. Sanibel Island, Florida: Ralph Curtis Books. 399 pp. ISBN 0-88359-042-5. (Aparallactus guentheri, p. 64 + Plate 26).