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Rufous whipsnake

rufous whipsnake (Demansia rufescens)
Tom Price, Western Australia
Photo © Jordan Vos
Demansia rufescens - Storr, 1978
Pronunciation  dee-MAN-see-ah   rue-FESS-enz
Etymology  Demansia: after A. van Diemen.
rufescens: 'reddish'.
Other names   
Total length
Species avg: 34 cm
Species max: 51 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


Pilbara region of Western Australia, including a number of offshore islands (Hermite, Dolphin and Barrow).

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Western Australia


Hills and plains with stony soils.

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