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Ornamental snake

ornamental snake (Denisonia maculata)
Theodore, Queensland
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Denisonia maculata - (Steindachner, 1867)
Pronunciation  den-is-SOHN-ee-ah   MACK-you-LAH-tah
Etymology  Denisonia: after Sir William Denison, a former governor of New South Wales.
maculata: 'spotted'.
Other names  Ornamented snakes
Hoplocephalus maculatus
Denisonia ornata
Hoplocephalus muelleri
Total length
Species avg: 50 cm
Litter size
Average: 7
Range: 3 - 11
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


  1. Blomberg, S. P. (1997). Local symptoms of envenomation by the ornamental snake, Denisonia maculata (Steindachner): Elapidae. Herpetofauna, 27(1):46-48. - search web for this article
  2. Kellaway, C. H. (1934). The venom of the ornamented snake Denisonia maculata. Australian journal of experimental biology and medical science, 12(2):47-54. - search web for this article
  3. Shine, R. (1983). Food habits and reproductive biology of Australian elapid snakes of the genus Denisonia. Journal of Herpetology, 17(2):171-175.
  4. Swan, Gerry (2004). Life in the trenches. Newsletter of the Ecological Consultants Association of NSW Inc., 10:7-8.

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