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Keelback
Tropidonophis - Jan, 1863

Pronunciation: TROP-id-oh-NOH-fis
Etymology: 'keeled snake'.

Taxonomic notes:

Includes species that were previously in Amphiesma or Styporhynchus.

Notes: About 18 species distributed through Malaysia, Indonesia, New Guinea and Australia. One Australian species. All are semiaquatic.
Statistics: Reproductive modes:
Oviparous - 1 out of 1 Australian species

Size range:
Smallest Australian species: keelback (Tropidonophis mairii) at 50 cm
 Longest Australian species: keelback (Tropidonophis mairii) at up to 120 cm
Number of Australian species: 1
 

keelback (Tropidonophis mairii)
Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
keelback (Tropidonophis mairii) distribution range map Tropidonophis mairii
Keelback
Year described
(Gray 1841)
Description
Grey to red above, with dark flecks. Scales are strongly keeled.

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