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Ornamental/De Vis' banded snake
Denisonia - Krefft, 1869

Pronunciation: den-is-SOHN-ee-ah
Etymology: after Sir William Denison, a former governor of New South Wales.

Taxonomic notes:

Statistics: Reproductive modes:
Live-bearing - 2 out of 2 Australian species

Size range:
Smallest Australian species: De Vis' banded snake (Denisonia devisi) at 50 cm
 Longest Australian species: De Vis' banded snake (Denisonia devisi) at up to 60 cm
Number of Australian species: 2

De Vis' banded snake (Denisonia devisi)
Condamine, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
De Vis' banded snake (Denisonia devisi) distribution range map Denisonia devisi
De Vis' banded snake
Year described
Waite & Longman 1920
A heavily built snake. Light brown above, with dark brown bands. These bands are about twice as wide as the lighter interband spaces. The head is dark brown with lighter specks. The lips are distinctly barred. The belly is white or cream.

ornamental snake (Denisonia maculata)
Theodore, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
ornamental snake (Denisonia maculata) distribution range map Denisonia maculata
Ornamental snake
Year described
(Steindachner 1867)
A stout snake, brown to black above, with the scales of the flanks lighter in colour and often with darker streaks. Belly is white or cream, with dark specks on the outer edges of the ventral scales. Lips are barred.

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