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Eastern small-eyed snake

eastern small-eyed snake (Cryptophis nigrescens)
Mount Glorious, Queensland
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Cryptophis nigrescens - (G√ľnther, 1862)
Pronunciation  kript-OH-fiss   nig-RESS-enz
Etymology  Cryptophis: 'hidden snake'.
nigrescens: 'blackish'.1
Other names  Rhinoplocephalus nigrescens
Denisonia nigrescens
Total length
Species avg: 50 cm
Species max: 120 cm
Litter size
Average: 4
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


Coast and ranges of eastern Australia, from just south of Cooktown, Queensland, nearly to Melbourne, Victoria.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria


A variety of habitats, ranging from rainforest to open woodland.

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