Buttermilk Racer, Coluber constrictor anthicus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Subfamily: Colubrinae
Genus: Coluber
Linnaeus, 1758

Many, but see text


Dolichophis (but see text)

Coluber is a genus of thin bodied, fast moving, colubrid snakes commonly known as racers. They are widespread around the world and vary greatly in habitat and behaviour. In the past, Coluber was a catch-all genus which included almost all snake species known at the time. Even the cobra was once classified as Coluber naja.

As presented here, the genus is limited to its "modern" content of racers and whipsnakes. Still, some of these species (namely the whipsnakes) are increasingly separated as Dolichophis and others probably also do not really belong here.


  • Dahl's Whipsnake, Coluber najadum dahli
  • Coluber najadum najadum
  • Coluber najadum kalymnensis
  • Coluber najadum albitemporalis
  • Braid Snake or Jan's Cliff Racer, Coluber rhodorachis
  • Coluber rubriceps
  • Coluber schmidtleri[verification needed]
    Adult Eastern Yellowbelly Racer, Coluber constrictor flaviventris
  • Coluber scortecci
  • Sinai Racer, Coluber sinai
  • Smith's Racer, Coluber smithi
  • Coluber somalicus
  • Coluber taylori
  • Thomas' Semi-banded Racer, Coluber thomasi
  • Variable Racer, Coluber variabilis
  • Green Whip Snake, Coluber viridiflavus
  • Coluber viridiflavus viridiflavus
  • Coluber viridiflavus carbonarius