Cerberus (snake)

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Cerberus (snake)
Cerberus rynchops
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Homalopsidae
Genus: Cerberus
Cuvier, 1829

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Cerberus (common name dog-faced water snakes) is a small genus of snakes in the family Homalopsidae.

Geographic range and habitat[edit]

Member species of the genus Cerberus are common inhabitants of Southeast Asia's mangrove habitat and mudflats.


The generic name, Cerberus, refers to the dog-like Greek mythological creature Cerberus.[1]


The following five species are recognized as being valid.[2]

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


  1. ^ 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. (Genus Cerberus, p. 50).
  2. ^ Genus Cerberus at The Reptile Database www.reptile-database.com.

Further reading[edit]

  • Cuvier [G] (1829). Le règne animal distribué d'après son organisation, pour server de base a l'histoire naturelle des animaux et introduction a l'anatomie comparée. Nouvelle édition, revue et augmentée. Tome II. Les reptiles. Paris: Déterville. xv + 406 pp. (Cerberus, new genus, p. 81). (in French).