Leptophis modestus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Leptophis modestus
Species Authority: (Günther, 1872)
Common Name(s):
English Cloud Forest Parrot Snake
Ahaetulla modesta Günther, 1872

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2012-05-10
Assessor(s): Campbell, J.A. & Muñoz-Alonso, A.
Reviewer(s): Bowles, P.
Listed as Vulnerable because the extent of occurrence is less than 20,000 km², it occurs as a severely fragmented population, and because there is ongoing deforestation of the species' habitat and it is unable to adapt to disturbed environments.
2007 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from northeastern Chiapas, Mexico, and central Guatemala to northwestern El Salvador and southwestern Honduras. It occurs from 1,500 to 2,000 m asl (Wilson and Johnson 2010).
El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico
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Population [top]

Population: This species is becoming increasingly uncommon in some areas, especially in Mexico.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This snake is an inhabitant of montane rainforest and cloud forest. While it can occasionally be present in recently disturbed areas, it is not able to persist in these habitats.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

This species is not utilized or traded to any significant degree.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Deforestation is a major threat to this species, mainly for timber extraction, agriculture and livestock raising.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is protected by Mexican law under the category Pr (Special Protection). It is found in several protected areas, both in Mexico and Guatemala.

Citation: Campbell, J.A. & Muñoz-Alonso, A. 2013. Leptophis modestus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 05 September 2015.
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