Toxicodryas pulverulenta

Toxicodryas pulverulenta, commonly known as Fischer's cat snake or Fischer's tree snake, is a species of rear-fanged venomous snake in the family Colubridae. The species is native to Sub-Saharan Africa.

Toxicodryas pulverulenta
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Adult colouration pattern
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Toxicodryas
T. pulverulenta
Binomial name
Toxicodryas pulverulenta
(Fischer, 1856)
Juvenile colouration pattern


The common names of T. pulverulenta are in honour of German herpetologist Johann Gustav Fischer, who originally described this snake as a species new to science.[2]

Geographic rangeEdit

T. pulverulenta is found in Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Togo, and Uganda.[1]


T. pulverulenta is oviparous.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Species Toxicodryas pulverulenta at The Reptile Database
  2. ^ 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. (Boiga pulverulenta, p. 90).

Further readingEdit

  • 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. (Dipsadomorphus pulverulentus, pp. 68, 649).
  • Chippaux J-P, Jackson K (2019). Snakes of Central and Western Africa. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. 448 pp. ISBN 978-1421427195.
  • Fischer JG (1856). "Neue Schlangen des Hamburgischen Naturhistorischen Museums ". Abhandlungen aus dem Gebiete der Naturwissenschaften 3 (4): 79–116. (Dipsas pulverulenta, new species, pp. 81–83 + Plate III, figures 1a–1c). (in German).
  • Spawls S, Howell K, Hinkel H, Menegon M (2018). Field Guide to East African Reptiles, Second Edition. London: Bloomsbury Natural History. 624 pp. ISBN 978-1472935618. (Toxicodryas pulverulenta, p. 512).