Xenopeltidae

plural noun
Xen·​o·​pel·​ti·​dae | \ˌzenəˈpeltəˌdē\

Definition of Xenopeltidae 

: a family of harmless terrestrial or burrowing snakes that is intermediate in many respects between the Boidae and Colubridae and includes solely the sunbeam snake

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History and Etymology for Xenopeltidae

New Latin, from Xenopeltis, type genus (from xen- + Greek peltē small shield) + -idae

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