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[kol-uh-brid, -yuh-] /ˈkɒl ə brɪd, -yə-/
any of numerous, typically harmless snakes constituting the family Colubridae, having no vestigial limbs, a scale-covered head and body with a mostly bare face, and belly scales usually as wide as the body, including garter snakes, bull snakes, water snakes, racers, vine and tree snakes, and other temperate-to-tropical species, comprising about two-thirds of all living snakes.
belonging or pertaining to the Colubridae.
1885-90; < New Latin Colubridae name of the family, equivalent to Colubr- (stem of Coluber a genus, Latin coluber snake) + -idae -id2 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for colubrid


any snake of the family Colubridae, including many harmless snakes, such as the grass snake and whip snakes, and some venomous types
of, relating to, or belonging to the Colubridae
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Colubridae, from Latin coluber snake
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Encyclopedia Article for colubrid

any member of the most common family of snakes, Colubridae, characterized by the complete absence of hind limbs, the absence or considerable reduction of the left lung, and the lack of teeth on the premaxilla and usually having a loose facial structure, relatively few head scales, and ventral scales as wide as the body. There are more than 1,600 species of colubrids, and they account for about two-thirds of the world's snakes. Most have solid and conical teeth; some have grooved teeth at the rear of the upper jaw and produce a venom that induces paralysis. A few have short, erect fangs in the front half of the mouth. For most of the venomous colubrid species, a bite unaccompanied by chewing is rarely harmful to humans. In a few species with fangs, a single bite can be dangerous and possibly fatal.

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