Starting to fill the gap: first record of Tantilla supracincta (Peters, 1863) (Serpentes: Colubridae) from Colombia

Juan Pablo Hurtado-Gómez, Freddy Alexander Grisales-Martínez, Beatriz Elena Rendón-Valencia


We report for the first time the occurrence of Tantilla supracincta in Colombia based on a road killed specimen found in the Pacific foothills of the Andes in the department of Antioquia, filling a gap of approximately 870 km in its distribution and extending by 473 m its altitudinal range.


Tantilla supracincta; northwestern Andes; Colombia; distribution extension; Chocó biogeographic region

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