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Slaty snakes
Stegonotus - Duméril, Bibron & Duméril, 1854

Pronunciation: STEG-oh-NOH-tus
Etymology: 'covered back'.

Taxonomic notes:

Notes: About 10 species found through Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia and New Guinea. Two species in northern Australia. Within Australia, the slate-brown snake found only on Murray Island.
Statistics: Reproductive modes:
Oviparous - 2 out of 2 Australian species

Size range:
Smallest Australian species: slate-brown snake (Stegonotus parvus) at 80 cm
 Longest Australian species: slaty-grey snake (Stegonotus cucullatus) at up to 130 cm
Number of Australian species: 2

slaty-grey snake (Stegonotus cucullatus)
Fogg Dam, Northern Territory
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
slaty-grey snake (Stegonotus cucullatus) distribution range map Stegonotus cucullatus
Slaty-grey snake
Year described
(Duméril, Bibron & Duméril 1854)
Colouration is dark brown to black above; belly and lips are white to cream in colour. Dorsal scales are iridescent.

No thumbnail available slate-brown snake (Stegonotus parvus) distribution range map Stegonotus parvus
Slate-brown snake
Year described
(Meyer 1874)
Dark brown above, becoming paler on flanks and lips, with a white to yellowish belly.

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