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Introduction

This article is a guide to the pronounciation of the scientific ratsnake names. It is one thing to write these names but a different matter entirely to say them!!

 

This phonetic guide is by no means absolute, the pronunciation can vary greatly depending on dialect. All the sounds have been co-ordinated according to the use of modern Latin within science. Where part of the phonetics are written in capitals, this is the part of the word that is stressed.


Bogertophis rosaliae bo - gur - TOE - fiss roe - SAH - lee
Bogertophis subocularis bo - gur - TOE - fiss sue - bok - yoo - LAH - riss
     
Coelognathus erythrurus see - log - NAH - thus airy - THROO - russ
Coelognathus flavolineatus see - log - NAH - thus flav - oh - lie - NEE- ah - tus
Coelognathus helena see - log - NAH - thus heh - lun - ah
Coelognathus radiatus see - log - NAH - thus ray - dee - AY - tus
Coelognathus subradiatus see - log - NAH - thus sub - ray - dee - AY - tus
     
Elaphe anomala el - LAFF - ee eh - nom - MAH - lah
Elaphe bella el - LAFF - ee BELL - ah
Elaphe bimaculata el - LAFF - ee bye - mack - yoo - LAY - tah
Elaphe carinata el - LAFF - ee kah - rin - AY - tah
Elaphe climacophora el - LAFF - ee klye - ma - ko - FOR - ah
Elaphe davidi el - LAFF - ee day - VID - eye
Elaphe dione el - LAFF - ee dye - ON - ee
Elaphe quadrivirgata el - LAFF - ee kwad - ree - vear - GAY - tah
Elaphe quatuorlineata el - LAFF - ee kwoor - tor - lie - nee- AH - ta
Elaphe sauromates el - LAFF - ee saw - roe - MAY - tees
Elaphe schrencki el - LAFF - ee SHREN - kye
     
Euprepiophis conspicillatus yoo - pree - pye - OH - fiss kon - spy - see - LAH - tus
Euprepiophis mandarinus yoo - pree - pye - OH - fiss man - DAH - rin - us
Euprepiophis perlaceus yoo - pree - pye - OH - fiss per - LAY - see - us
     
Gonyosoma frenatum g - own - yo - SO - ma free - NAY - tum
Gonyosoma janseni g - own - yo - SO - ma yan - SON - eye
Gonyosoma oxycephalum g - own - yo - SO - ma ox - see - sef - FAY - lum
Gonyosoma prasinum g - own - yo - SO - ma prah - SEEN - um
     
Oocatochus rufordorsatus ooh - kay - TOKE - us roo - for - dor - SAY - tus
     
Oreocrytophis porphyraceus or - ee - oh - kry - TOE - fiss poor - fye - RAY - see - us
     
Orthriophis cantoris OR - three - oh - fiss cant - OR - iss
Orthriophis hodgsoni OR - three - oh - fiss hodge - SUN- eye
Orthriophis moellendorfii OR - three - oh - fiss muh - well - en - DORF - ee - eye
Orthriophis taeniurus OR - three - oh - fiss tee - NIGH - yer - us
     
Pantherophis bairdi pan - tha - RO - fiss bared - eye
Pantherophis emoyri

pan - tha - RO - fiss

em - OR - eye
Pantherophis gutattus pan - tha - RO - fiss GOO - tat - tus
Pantherophis obsoletus pan - tha - RO - fiss ob - so - LEE- tus
Pantherophis vulpinus pan - tha - RO - fiss vull - PYE - nus
     
Pseudelaphe flavirufa sood - el - LAFF - ee flay - veer - ROO - fah
     
Rhinechis scalaris rin - EH - kiss ska - LAY - ris
     
Senticolis triaspis sen - TIK - ol - iss TRY - asp - piss
     
Zamenis hohenackeri zay - MEN - iss HO - hun - nak - eer - rye
Zamenis longissimus zay - MEN - iss long - iss - EE - mus
Zamenis percisus zay - MEN - iss purs - EE - us
Zamenis situla zay - MEN - iss sigh - TOO- lah

 



References
http://www.dinosauria.com/dml/names/instruct.htm
http://www.saltspring.com/capewest/pron.htm
http://www.ai.uga.edu/mc/latinpro.pdf
This site has information on the following genera of Ratsnakes ... Spilotes, Spalerosophis, Ptyas, Zamenis, Elaphe, Rhinechis, Senticolis, Pseudelaphe, Pantherophis, Bogertophis, Orthriophis, Gonyosoma, Oreocryptophis, Oocatochus, Euprepiophis, Coelognathus, Archelaphe