Caudal Autotomy in Colubrid Snake Xenochrophis piscator from Vietnam

Natalia B. Ananjeva, Nikolai L. Orlov


A rare case of caudal autotomy in colubrid snake Xenochrophis piscator from Vietnam is described. It is an intervertebral autotomy that differs from the more commonly encountered intravertebral autotomy typical of most lizards species. The distribution and origin of intervertebral autotomy in Squamata are discussed.


Reptilia; snakes; Colubridae; Xenochrophis; Vietnam; caudal autotomy

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