Lycodryas citrinus (Domergue, 1995) 
Distribution:
Lycodyas citrinus is found in dry forests in western Madagascar, most notably Beroboka, Kirindy, Namoroka, and Tsingy de Bemaraha.
Morphology & Colouration:
Lycodryas citrinus is a long, thin tree snake, reaching a maximum total length of around 70 cm. The body is characterised by 17 dorsal scale rows at midbody, 239-254 ventrals, 111-126 undivided or partly divided subcaudals, 8 supralabial scales, one loreal, and a divided anal scale. 
This species is undoubtedly Madagascar’s most bright and distinctive snake species, unable to be confused with any other species. The body is a vibrant yellow, with 50-58 dark crossbands.
Habits:
Like all members of the genus Lycodryas, L. citrinus is arboreal and nocturnal, and feeds mostly on small vertebrates, potentially including frogs, lizards, and possibly young birds.
One female in captivity gave birth to two 18-20 cm long young in the Malagasy rainy season (December) (Vences et al. 1998).
Conservation Status:
Lycodryas citrinus is currently listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. It has a limited distribution (<7000 square kilometres), is suffering from habitat reduction, and is being collected for the pet trade.
Systematics and Taxonomy:
Lycodryas citrinus was transferred to the genus Lycodryas from Stenophis by Nagy, Glaw & Vences, 2010 on the basis of its genetic affinities. It is most closely related to an undescribed Lycodryas species from northeastern Madagascar (Marojejy).
Phylogeny:
Animalia-Chordata-Reptilia-Serpentes-Lamprophiidae-Lycodryas-L. citrinus
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References:
Nagy, Z.T., F. Glaw & M. Vences (2010) Systematics of the snake genera Stenophis and Lycodryas from Madagascar and the Comoros. Zoologica Scripta 39(5):426-435
Vences, M., F. Glaw & W.B. Love (1998) Live bearing in the snake Stenophis citrinus from Madagascar. British Herpetological Society Bulletin 64:13-14
Lycodryas citrinus (Domergue, 1995) 
Distribution:
Lycodyas citrinus is found in dry forests in western Madagascar, most notably Beroboka, Kirindy, Namoroka, and Tsingy de Bemaraha.
Morphology & Colouration:
Lycodryas citrinus is a long, thin tree snake, reaching a maximum total length of around 70 cm. The body is characterised by 17 dorsal scale rows at midbody, 239-254 ventrals, 111-126 undivided or partly divided subcaudals, 8 supralabial scales, one loreal, and a divided anal scale. 
This species is undoubtedly Madagascar’s most bright and distinctive snake species, unable to be confused with any other species. The body is a vibrant yellow, with 50-58 dark crossbands.
Habits:
Like all members of the genus Lycodryas, L. citrinus is arboreal and nocturnal, and feeds mostly on small vertebrates, potentially including frogs, lizards, and possibly young birds.
One female in captivity gave birth to two 18-20 cm long young in the Malagasy rainy season (December) (Vences et al. 1998).
Conservation Status:
Lycodryas citrinus is currently listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. It has a limited distribution (<7000 square kilometres), is suffering from habitat reduction, and is being collected for the pet trade.
Systematics and Taxonomy:
Lycodryas citrinus was transferred to the genus Lycodryas from Stenophis by Nagy, Glaw & Vences, 2010 on the basis of its genetic affinities. It is most closely related to an undescribed Lycodryas species from northeastern Madagascar (Marojejy).
Phylogeny:
Animalia-Chordata-Reptilia-Serpentes-Lamprophiidae-Lycodryas-L. citrinus
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References:
Nagy, Z.T., F. Glaw & M. Vences (2010) Systematics of the snake genera Stenophis and Lycodryas from Madagascar and the Comoros. Zoologica Scripta 39(5):426-435
Vences, M., F. Glaw & W.B. Love (1998) Live bearing in the snake Stenophis citrinus from Madagascar. British Herpetological Society Bulletin 64:13-14

Lycodryas citrinus (Domergue, 1995)

Distribution:

Lycodyas citrinus is found in dry forests in western Madagascar, most notably Beroboka, Kirindy, Namoroka, and Tsingy de Bemaraha.

Morphology & Colouration:

Lycodryas citrinus is a long, thin tree snake, reaching a maximum total length of around 70 cm. The body is characterised by 17 dorsal scale rows at midbody, 239-254 ventrals, 111-126 undivided or partly divided subcaudals, 8 supralabial scales, one loreal, and a divided anal scale. 

This species is undoubtedly Madagascar’s most bright and distinctive snake species, unable to be confused with any other species. The body is a vibrant yellow, with 50-58 dark crossbands.

Habits:

Like all members of the genus LycodryasL. citrinus is arboreal and nocturnal, and feeds mostly on small vertebrates, potentially including frogs, lizards, and possibly young birds.

One female in captivity gave birth to two 18-20 cm long young in the Malagasy rainy season (December) (Vences et al. 1998).

Conservation Status:

Lycodryas citrinus is currently listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. It has a limited distribution (<7000 square kilometres), is suffering from habitat reduction, and is being collected for the pet trade.

Systematics and Taxonomy:

Lycodryas citrinus was transferred to the genus Lycodryas from Stenophis by Nagy, Glaw & Vences, 2010 on the basis of its genetic affinities. It is most closely related to an undescribed Lycodryas species from northeastern Madagascar (Marojejy).

Phylogeny:

Animalia-Chordata-Reptilia-Serpentes-Lamprophiidae-Lycodryas-L. citrinus

Click here to see more TaxonFiles!

References:

Nagy, Z.T., F. Glaw & M. Vences (2010) Systematics of the snake genera Stenophis and Lycodryas from Madagascar and the Comoros. Zoologica Scripta 39(5):426-435

Vences, M., F. Glaw & W.B. Love (1998) Live bearing in the snake Stenophis citrinus from Madagascar. British Herpetological Society Bulletin 64:13-14

Definitive list of animals it’s okay to kill out of fear of them:

narcissisticcasanova2024:

markscherz:

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Spiders,
Centipedes,
Wasps.

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Definitive list of animals it’s okay to kill out of fear of them:

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hyacynthus:

Four-striped Snake (Dromicodryas quadrilineatus) (X)

Madagascar’s version of a racer

If you don’t think I’m going to try my damndest to work a pun into the title of every paper I write you are sorely mistaken.

I’m not saying I will succeed. I won’t. But every now and then, I will produce a gem.

I told Cynthia that the Swiss civil war of 1847 was fought on horses with muskets.

She drew me this.

Comma placement is important, kids.

(Happy 723rd birthday, Switzerland)

hyacynthus:

Mimophis mahfalensis (X)

A male

Today I got five more frogs.

Dead ones. In alcohol.

You know, cuz I’m a scientist and stuff.

They belong to at least two species, possibly three, and at least one of them is completely new, and easily distinguishable from every other frog in Madagascar, including its close relatives.

It’s like early Christmas.

libutron:

Madagascarophis colubrinus | ©Olaf Pronk  (Anosibe an’Ala, Madagascar)

Commonly called Malagasy Cat-eyed Snake, Madagascar Common Snake, and Madagascar Night Snake, Madagascarophis colubrinus (Colubridae) is a snake endemic to Madagascar, 

This snake is highly variable in color and have large eyes with vertical pupils.

awkwardsituationist:

photos by (click pic) timm schamberger, julia ormond, gary carter and jeff clow. (more precious lil buddies)


Adult Stumpffia pygmea, from northern Madagascar.
awkwardsituationist:

photos by (click pic) timm schamberger, julia ormond, gary carter and jeff clow. (more precious lil buddies)


Adult Stumpffia pygmea, from northern Madagascar.
awkwardsituationist:

photos by (click pic) timm schamberger, julia ormond, gary carter and jeff clow. (more precious lil buddies)


Adult Stumpffia pygmea, from northern Madagascar.
awkwardsituationist:

photos by (click pic) timm schamberger, julia ormond, gary carter and jeff clow. (more precious lil buddies)


Adult Stumpffia pygmea, from northern Madagascar.

awkwardsituationist:

photos by (click pic) timm schamberger, julia ormond, gary carter and jeff clow. (more precious lil buddies)

http://cdn2.arkive.org/media/8A/8A40F19E-DE10-4D85-B80A-0C368B4DD210/Presentation.Large/Andoany-stump-toed-frog-on-fingernail.jpg

Adult Stumpffia pygmea, from northern Madagascar.

reptilesrevolution:

A rare Silver Maned Fish Scale Gecko! 
By Kristyn ‘Kita’ Dion

Geckolepis typica
A message from Anonymous
so most of your recent asks have been all yelly so here is an "ask" with all lowercase letters (: have a nice day

Why thank you, kind anon. Have a nice day yourself.

A message from jangojips
lol. Why are people shouting at you? Is this going to be like that time you got a haircut? My dashboard has only just recovered--but that's okay! It is fun! I mean, from a spectator's perspective!

I sincerely hope not. But it is about time for another hair cut soooo…

A message from Anonymous
Glad to hear that you're easing back into posting more. What is it with you Europeans and your long vacations (why, no, I'm not jealous. Really. I promise). I need more pictures of animals on your face (that thing on the front of your skull).

The thing is, I don’t really do vacations. I go away from things for a little bit, but I only stop working because of a lack of availability of time and internet access. I say I was on vacation for all of July, but really I was doing marine biology research for the first two weeks, and then got back to Munich, worked for five days, and then took a real week-long break to visit Edinburgh and then my family in Switzerland. It’s the first real break I’ve had in a very long time, and was much needed.

I find vacation in general to be very stressful, because I cannot for an instant forget just how much work I have to do upon my return. Especially right now. Things are nuts.

More animals on face will be forthcoming I promise. I also have cool new novataxa things coming up soon because I received one or two new species of frogs today. Because my workload clearly wasn’t high enough already :)

A message from Anonymous
Okay sorry I was just joking

not to worry. But I have a lot going on right now, and pestering me doesn’t help things ;)