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Northern crowned snake

northern crowned snake (Cacophis churchilli)
Mt Bartle Frere, Queensland
Photo © David Fischer
Cacophis churchilli - Wells & Wellington, 1985
Pronunciation  ka-KOH-fiss   CHURCH-hill-ee
Etymology  Cacophis: 'bad-snake'.
churchilli: after "Gregory Churchill, of Dundas, New South Wales who collected the holotype as well as greatly assisted the Australian Herpetological Society."1
Other names  Northern dwarf crowned snake
Total length
Species avg: 45 cm
Species max: 54 cm
Clutch size
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


Moist areas from Mt Elliot and Magnetic Island to just south of Cooktown.

Found in the following Australian states/territories



Primarily rainforest and abutting dry forests.

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