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Short-nosed snake

short-nosed snake (Elapognathus minor)
Rocky Gully, Western Australia
Photo © Rob Valentic
Elapognathus minor - (G√ľnther, 1863)
Pronunciation  el-AH-poh-GNAH-thus   MY-nor
Etymology  Elapognathus: 'Elaps jaw', after another genus of snakes.
minor: 'small'.
Other names  Sedge snake
Little brown snake
Total length
Species avg: 40 cm
Litter size
Average: 10
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


Restricted to the south-western corner of Western Australia.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Western Australia


Heath, swamps and wet sclerophyll forest.

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