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Orange-naped snake

orange-naped snake (Furina ornata)
Alpha, Queensland
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Furina ornata - (Gray, 1842)
Pronunciation  fue-REE-nah   orr-NAH-tah
Etymology  Furina: possibly after the Roman goddess, Furrina.1
ornata: 'ornate' or 'ornamented'.
Other names  moon snake
Elaps ornatus — GRAY 1842: 55
Brachysoma simile — MACLEAY 1878: 221
Pseudelaps christieanus — FRY 1915: 91
Furina christieanus — WORRELL 1945
Lunelaps christianus — WORRELL 1961
Furina ornata — COGGER 1983: 225
Aspidomorphus christieanus — MINTON et al. 1970
Furina christieanus — UNDERWOOD 1979
Furina ornata — STORR 1981
Lunelaps christieanus — MENGDEN 1983
Total length
Species avg: 70 cm
Clutch size
Average: 4
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


Found in the following Australian states/territories

Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia


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