This key was designed as to be a identification tool to work with other online resources. It is not intended to be a comprehensive manual for the identification of African snakes, but rather as a guide for scientists and enthusiasts to be used in conjunction with the Reptile Database and/or the book Snakes of Western and Central Africa by Kate Jackson and Jean-Philippe Chippaux. Users can accurately identify genera using this key, and then by consulting the book and the Reptile Database, identify accurately down to species.

On this page, you can find information about each of the authors of the key and about the funding of this project.

Authors

Citation

To refer to this key, please cite the following:

Hsu, ER, Davis, J, Chippaux, JP, and Jackson, K. 2017. Online multi-access key for alethinophidian snake genera of Central and Western Africa.

Support

The authors would like to acknowledge the efforts of Nat Clarke '11 and Willie Kunkel '09 for their work on the previous versions of the key and website, as well as Dr. Jean-Philippe Chippaux for his contributions to the knowledge base that was used to create these keys. The below citation is for the previous version of the website:

Clarke, DN, Kunkel, W, Chippaux, JP, and Jackson, K. 2012. Online multivariate key to the snake genera of Western and Central Africa.

The authors would like to thank Whitman College for its ongoing support of the Snakes of Western and Central Africa project. Specifically, we would like to recognize the following grants and awards provided to the student authors:

  1. Perry Summer Research Grant - Willie Kunkel, summer 2008
  2. Abshire Research Scholar Award - Nat Clarke, fall 2010
  3. Abshire Research Scholar Award - Nat Clarke, spring 2011
Thank you, Whitman!

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