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Any of various venomous snakes of the family Elapidae, such as the cobras, mambas, and coral snakes, having hollow, fixed fangs.

[From New Latin Elapidae, family name, from Late Greek elaps, elap-, fish, variant of Greek ellops.]

el′a·pid adj.


(Animals) any venomous snake of the mostly tropical family Elapidae, having fixed poison fangs at the front of the upper jaw and including the cobras, coral snakes, and mambas
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Elapidae
[C19: from New Latin Elapidae, from Medieval Greek elaps, elops a fish, sea serpent; perhaps related to Greek lepis scale]


(ˈɛl ə pɪd)

any venomous snake of the family Elapidae, having erect fangs in the upper jaw and including coral snakes and cobras.
[1880–85; < New Latin Elapidae=Elap-, s. of Elaps a genus (« Greek éllops a marine fish) + -idae -id2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.elapid - any of numerous venomous fanged snakes of warmer parts of both hemispheres
ophidian, serpent, snake - limbless scaly elongate reptile; some are venomous
Elapidae, family Elapidae - cobras; kraits; mambas; coral snakes; Australian taipan and tiger snakes
harlequin-snake, New World coral snake, coral snake - any of several venomous New World snakes brilliantly banded in red and black and either yellow or white; widely distributed in South America and Central America
coral snake, Old World coral snake - any of various venomous elapid snakes of Asia and Africa and Australia
Denisonia superba, copperhead - venomous but sluggish reddish-brown snake of Australia
cobra - venomous Asiatic and African elapid snakes that can expand the skin of the neck into a hood
Hemachatus haemachatus, ringhals, rinkhals, spitting snake - highly venomous snake of southern Africa able to spit venom up to seven feet
mamba - arboreal snake of central and southern Africa whose bite is often fatal
Acanthophis antarcticus, death adder - venomous Australian snake resembling an adder
Notechis scutatus, tiger snake - highly venomous brown-and-yellow snake of Australia and Tasmania
Australian blacksnake, Pseudechis porphyriacus - large semiaquatic snake of Australia; black above with red belly
krait - brightly colored venomous but nonaggressive snake of southeastern Asia and Malay peninsula
Oxyuranus scutellatus, taipan - large highly venomous snake of northeastern Australia
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The genus Pseudechis, collectively known as Black Snakes, is an Australasian genus of elapids.
Elapids, another type of snake, include coral snakes--members of the cobra family with potent neurotoxic venom.
Structure-function properties of venom components from Australian elapids.
Elapids, another type of snakes, include coral snakes--members of the cobra family with potent neurotoxic venom.
McCarthy (1987) proposed that the relatively simple scale microornamentation in sea snakes (Laticauda colubrina: brachylamellate basally, cellular polygonal imbricate apically; McCarthy 1987, Price and Kelly, 1989) when compared to the relatively more complex microornamentation of terrestrial elapids was "perhaps connected with an anti-fouling strategy".
Elapids use their venom both to immobilize their prey and in self defense.
They are more copious in the venom of crotalids elapids and viperids therefore present study was designed to neutralize ALPases present in cobra venom via medicinal plants extracts as a step towards scientifically validating their efficiencies as an antidote (Rodrigues et al.
1990) then we can assume that snakes must have reproduced, given a conservative estimate of the lifespan of wild elapids is 5-20 years (i.
Hence, we strongly suggest more studies dealing with parasitism in Neotropical snakes, especially regarding elapids, for a better understanding of ecological processes, such as infracommunity structure and infection patterns.
Rats (Rodentia), cats (Felidae), monkeys (Primates), goats (Bovidae), chickens (Galliformes), and rarely some snakes act as intermediate hosts, while snakes (boids, elapids, viperids, and crotalids) serve as the final hosts (Reid and Jones, 1963; Pare, 2008).