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Crack-dwelling whipsnake

crack-dwelling whipsnake (Demansia rimicola)
Hughenden, Queensland
Photo © Stephen Zozaya
Demansia rimicola - Scanlon, 2007
Pronunciation  dee-MAN-see-ah   rimm-ih-KOHL-lah
Etymology  Demansia: after A. van Diemen.
rimicola: 'crack-dweller'.
Other names  Demansia torquata 
Total length
Species avg: 49 cm
Species max: 74 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 far south-eastern Kimberley, Western Australia, across the cracking clay plains on the Northern Territory to the extensive plains of central and western Queensland, and as far south as far north-eastern South Australia.1

Found in the following Australian states/territories

New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia


Grassland on cracking clay soils.

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