coluber-, colubr-

(Latin: snake)

Genus of nonvenomous snakes. There are more than 50 species, occurring in Europe, Asia, and America.
1. Any of numerous chiefly nonvenomous snakes of the family Colubridae, including the king snakes, garter snakes, and some water snakes.
2. Of, relating to, or belonging to the Colubridae.
3. Mostly harmless temperate-to-tropical terrestrial or arboreal or aquatic snakes.

A colubrid is a snake that is a member of the Colubridae family and it is a broad classification of snakes that includes well over half of all snake species on earth.

While most colubrids are non-venomous (or have venom that isn't known to be harmful to humans) and are normally harmless, some of the groups; such as, genus Boiga and sub-family Homalopsinae, can produce medically significant bites. In addition, the African Boomslang and African Twig Snake have both caused human fatalities.

1. A cosmopolitan family of mostly nonpoisonous or mildly poisonous snakes and some highly poisonous species. Venomous species have small, grooved fangs at the rear of the mouth. There are approximately 1,000 species.
2. A very large family of terrestrial snakes in the order Squamata, containing about 75 percent of all known snakes.
colubrine: snakes, serpents
1. Of, belonging to, or characteristic of a snake or serpent; snake-like.
2. Colubrid.

A cross reference of other word family units that are related directly, or indirectly, with: "snakes or other reptiles": angui-; herpeto-; ophio-; reptil-; sauro-.