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Ornamental snake

ornamental snake (Denisonia maculata)
Theodore, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
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
Reproduction
Live-bearing
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).
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Natural history

This snake has a distinctive defensive posture, where the body is flattened and held in a series of stiff curves. This snake will thrash around and bite savagely if provoked. Mainly nocturnal, being active on warm nights. While not generally regarded as dangerous to man, bites from this species may result in localised swelling1. Earlier reports of loss of consciousness following a bite2 may have actually been referring to De Vis' banded snake (Denisonia devisi)1. Regardless, large specimens should be treated with caution.

Diet

Feeds mainly on frogs.3

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