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North-western shovel-nosed snake

north-western shovel-nosed snake (Brachyurophis approximans)
Exmouth, Western Australia
Photo © David Fischer
Brachyurophis approximans - (Glauert, 1954)
Pronunciation  BRACK-ee-your-OH-fis   ap-PROX-ee-manz
Etymology  Brachyurophis: 'short-tailed snake'
approximans: 'approaching', in reference to the similarity to another species (B. campbelli) in this genus.
Other names  Simoselaps approximans 
Total length
Species avg: 30 cm
Clutch size
Average: 3
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


North-western Western Australia, from the vicinity of Port Hedland through the Pilbara and Gascoyne regions, reaching its southern limit just south of Shark Bay.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Western Australia


Heavy, typically stony, soils of the north-western arid zone.1

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