Lycodryas is a genus of lamprophiid snakes. Eight species are endemic to the island of Madagascar and two to the Comoros Islands.[1] They are harmless to humans.

Lycodryas maculatus (Günther, 1858) female from Anjouan (ZSM 40-2010).png
Lycodryas maculatus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Lamprophiidae
Subfamily: Pseudoxyrhophiinae
Genus: Lycodryas
Günther, 1879

Ten recognized species, see article.


Ten species are currently recognized.[1]

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


  1. ^ a b Lycodryas at the Reptile Database. Accessed 15 February 2014.

Further readingEdit

  • Günther A (1879). "On Mammals and Reptiles from Johanna, Comoro Islands". Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Fifth Series 3: 215-219. (Lycodryas, new genus, p. 218).