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Australian coral snake

Australian coral snake (Brachyurophis australis)
Westmar, Queensland
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Brachyurophis australis - (Krefft, 1864)
Pronunciation  BRACK-ee-your-OH-fis   oss-TRAH-liss
Etymology  Brachyurophis: 'short-tailed snake'
australis: 'southern', or more generally referring to Australia.
Other names  Simoselaps australis 
Total length
Species avg: 50 cm
Clutch size
Average: 5
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


Occurs largely in the eastern interior of the continent, from north-eastern Queensland south through New South Wales and into northern Victoria and south-eastern South Australia. It can be found near the coast in some areas.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria


Woodlands, shrublands and other open habitats throughout its range.

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