Pantherophis obsoletus

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Pantherophis obsoletus


Taxonavigation: Colubroidea 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Subordo: Serpentes
Infraordo: Caenophidia
Superfamilia: Colubroidea

Familia: Colubridae
Subfamilia: Colubrinae
Genus: Pantherophis
Species: Pantherophis obsoletus
Subspecies: P. o. lindheimerii – P. o. obsoletus – P. o. quadrivittata – P. o. rossalleni


Pantherophis obsoletus (Say, 1823)

Type locality: USA: Kansas, Leavenworth County, Cow Island.


  • Elaphe obsoleta Say, 1823: 140
  • Georgia obsoletaBaird & Girard, 1853: 158
  • Coluber obsoletusBoulenger, 1894: 50
  • Elaphe obsoletaBurt, 1935
  • Elaphe obsoleta deckertiStankowski, 1986
  • Elaphe obsoletaSchulz, 1996
  • Pantherophis obsoletusUtiger et al., 2002
  • Pantherophis obsoletusBöhme, 2005
  • Pantherophis obsoletusPotts & Collins, 2005
  • Pituophis obsoletusBurbrink, 2007


  • Say, T. 1823: In James, E. Account of an expedition from Pittsburgh to the Rocky Mountains, performed in the years 1819, '20, by order of the Hon. J. C. Calhoun, Secretary of War, under the command of Major Stephen H. Long. Vol. 1. Philadelphia, H. C. Carey & I. Lea.
  • Utiger, Urs, Notker Helfenberger, Beat Schätti, Catherine Schmidt, Markus Ruf and Vincent Ziswiler 2002: Molecular systematics and phylogeny of Old World and New World ratsnakes, Elaphe Auct., and related genera (Reptilia, Squamata, Colubridae). Russ. J. Herpetol. 9 (2): 105–124.
  • Potts, George D. & Joseph T. Collins 2005: A Checklist of the Vertebrate Animals of Kansas. Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, 50 pp.
  • Pantherophis obsoletus at the New Reptile Database. Accessed on 02 oct 2008.

Vernacular names[edit]

العربية: أفعى الجُرذان الغربيَّة
English: Eastern Rat Snake