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Broad-headed snakes
Hoplocephalus - Wagler, 1830

Pronunciation: HOP-loh-SEFF-ah-lus
Etymology: 'armoured head'.

Taxonomic notes:

Notes: The members of this genus are unique amongst other Australian elapids in that they're semi-arboreal.
Statistics: Reproductive modes:
Live-bearing - 3 out of 3 Australian species

Size range:
Smallest Australian species: broad-headed snake (Hoplocephalus bungaroides) at 60 cm
 Longest Australian species: Stephens' banded snake (Hoplocephalus stephensii) at up to 120 cm
Number of Australian species: 3

pale-headed snake (Hoplocephalus bitorquatus)
Lake Broadwater Conservation Park, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
pale-headed snake (Hoplocephalus bitorquatus) distribution range map Hoplocephalus bitorquatus
Pale-headed snake
Year described
(Jan 1859)

broad-headed snake (Hoplocephalus bungaroides)
Nowra, New South Wales
Photo © Matthew Bonnett
broad-headed snake (Hoplocephalus bungaroides) distribution range map Hoplocephalus bungaroides
Broad-headed snake
Year described
(Schlegel 1837)

Stephens' banded snake (Hoplocephalus stephensii)
Lamington Plateau, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
Stephens' banded snake (Hoplocephalus stephensii) distribution range map Hoplocephalus stephensii
Stephens' banded snake
Year described
Krefft 1869

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