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Ornamental snake

ornamental snake (Denisonia maculata)
Theodore, Queensland
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Denisonia maculata - (Steindachner, 1867)
Pronunciation  den-is-SOHN-ee-ah   MACK-you-LAH-tah
Etymology  Denisonia: after Sir William Denison, a former governor of New South Wales.
maculata: 'spotted'.
Other names  Ornamented snakes
Hoplocephalus maculatus
Denisonia ornata
Hoplocephalus muelleri
Total length
Species avg: 50 cm
Litter size
Average: 7
Range: 3 - 11
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


The Bowen Basin/Dawson River drainage system of central eastern Queensland, from Theodore in the south to Charters Towers and Collinsville in the north.

Found in the following Australian states/territories



Favours moist low-lying areas around freshwater bodies. They tend to be found in areas of deeply cracking, alluvial soils. It is thought that they shelter in these cracks during the day.

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