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keelback (Tropidonophis mairii)
Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
Tropidonophis mairii - (Gray, 1841)
Pronunciation  TROP-id-oh-NOH-fis   MARE-ee-ee
Etymology  Tropidonophis: 'keeled snake'.
mairii: after Dr A. Mair, who donated the type specimen to the British Museum.
Other names  Freshwater snake
Natrix mairii
Amphibiesma mairii
Styporhynchus mairii
Total length
Species avg: 50 cm
Species max: 120 cm
Clutch size
Average: 9
Range: 5 - 12
Length and clutch size information comes from a variety of sources, but primarily from Shine (1991) and Cogger (2000).
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Eastern Australia across to the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia



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