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Sombre whipsnake

sombre whipsnake (Demansia quaesitor)
Western Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland
Photo © Mark Sanders
Demansia quaesitor - Shea, 2007
Pronunciation  dee-MAN-see-ah   KWAY-si-tor
Etymology  Demansia: after A. van Diemen.
quaesitor: "From the Latin noun quaesitor: a judge of the criminal court, alluding to the generally sombre appearance of the species, which lacks pale markings to the dark collar, and has a pale head; a secondary meaning (a searcher or seeker) alludes to the foraging ecology of the genus."1
Other names  Demansia olivacea 
Total length
Species avg: 36 cm
Species max: 56 cm
Clutch size
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


From the east Kimberley, across southern Arnhem Land into north-western Queensland, and then south to the vicinity of Winton.1. Disjunct population on Koolan Island, Western Australia.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia


Tropical and semi-arid woodlands.

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