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Southern shovel-nosed snake

southern shovel-nosed snake (Brachyurophis semifasciatus)
Kimba, South Australia
Photo © David Fischer
Brachyurophis semifasciatus - (G√ľnther, 1864)
Pronunciation  BRACK-ee-your-OH-fis   SEM-ee-fass-ee-AH-tuss
Etymology  Brachyurophis: 'short-tailed snake'
semifasciatus: 'half-banded'.
Other names  Half-girdled snake
Simoselaps semifasciatus 
Total length
Species avg: 30 cm
Species max: 40 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


Wide ranging, occurring from the southern interior of Western Australia, east into South Australia and the south-west corner of the Northern Territory, and north into western and northern Queensland. Possibly more widely distributed in the southern Northern Territory.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia


A variety of mesic and xeric habitats, including sand dunes and tropical savannah woodland.

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