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Lesser black whipsnake

lesser black whipsnake (Demansia vestigiata)
Western Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland
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Demansia vestigiata - (De Vis, 1884)
Pronunciation  dee-MAN-see-ah   VESS-ti-gee-AH-tah
Etymology  Demansia: after A. van Diemen.
vestigiata: from the Latin vestigium, a footprint, and "suggested by the fancied resemblance of the white markings upon its back to tracks of feet."
Other names  Foot-print snake
Demansia atra 
Total length
Species avg: 120 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


Eastern Queensland, hugging the coastline across to the eastern Kimberley, Western Australia.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia


Woodlands and savannah.

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