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Burrowing banded snakes
Simoselaps - Jan, 1859

Pronunciation: SI-mohs-EE-laps
Etymology: 'snub-nosed Elaps', after a genus of garter snakes

Taxonomic notes:

Some members of this genus have been moved to Brachyurophis and Antaioserpens.

Statistics: Reproductive modes:
Oviparous - 4 out of 4 Australian species

Size range:
Smallest Australian species: Dampierland burrowing snake (Simoselaps minimus) at 22 cm
 Longest Australian species: West Coast banded snake (Simoselaps littoralis) at up to 39 cm
Number of Australian species: 4

desert banded snake (Simoselaps anomalus)
Port Hedland, Western Australia
Photo © Henry Cook
desert banded snake (Simoselaps anomalus) distribution range map Simoselaps anomalus
Desert banded snake
Year described
(Sternfeld 1919)

Jan's banded snake (Simoselaps bertholdi)
Perth, Western Australia
Photo © Jordan Vos
Jan's banded snake (Simoselaps bertholdi) distribution range map Simoselaps bertholdi
Jan's banded snake
Year described
(Jan 1859)

West Coast banded snake (Simoselaps littoralis)
Dirk Hartog Island, Western Australia
Photo © Ray Lloyd
West Coast banded snake (Simoselaps littoralis) distribution range map Simoselaps littoralis
West Coast banded snake
Year described
(Storr 1968)

Dampierland burrowing snake (Simoselaps minimus)
Broome, Western Australia
Photo © Brad Maryan
Dampierland burrowing snake (Simoselaps minimus) distribution range map Simoselaps minimus
Dampierland burrowing snake
Year described
(Worrell 1960)

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