Elapsoidea is a genus of venomous elapid snakes commonly known as African garter snakes. Despite the common name, they are unrelated to the harmless North American garter snake species.

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Elapsoidea sundevallii
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Elapsoidea guentherii
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Elapsoidea
Bocage, 1866


The following ten species are recognized as being valid.[1]

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Elapsoidea.


  1. ^ Genus Elapsoidea at The Reptile Database
  2. ^ a b c d e f 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. (Elapsoidea boulengeri, p. 34; E. broadleyi, p. 39; E. guentherii, p. 110; E. laticincta, p. 282; E. loveridgei, p. 161; E. sundevallii, p. 258).

Further readingEdit

  • Bocage JVB (1866). "Reptiles nouveaux ou peu connus recueillis dans les possessions portugaises de l'Afrique occidentale, qui se trouvent au Muséum de Lisbonne ". Jornal de Sciencias Mathematicas Physicas e Naturales, Academia Real das Sciencias de Lisboa 1: 57–78. (Elapsoidea, new genus, p. 70). (in French).
  • 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. (Genus Elapsoidea, p. 104).