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Curl snake

curl snake (Suta suta)
Alpha, Queensland
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Suta suta - (Peters, 1863)
Pronunciation  SUE-tah   SUE-tah
Etymology  Suta: 'stitched-(one)', after the reticulate pattern.
suta: 'stitched'.
Other names  Myall snake
Denisonia suta 
Total length
Species avg: 40 cm
Species max: 85 cm
Litter size
Average: 5
Range: 2 - 7
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


Light iris. Light to reddish-brown above, paler on lower flanks. Sometimes the edges of the scales are darker, resulting in a reticulated pattern. The head and nape are darker brown or black, except for a dark-bottomed, pale (normally orange) stripe running along the temporal region and forward through the eye to the nostril. Supralabials are white or cream. Sometimes found with a dark and narrow vertebral stripe. The ventral surface is creamy-white.

Similar species

Ord curl snake (Suta ordensis), which has dark ventral bands.

Scale count information

Dorsal scales at midbody   19 to 21
Ventrals   150 to 170 with a single anal scale
Subcaudals   20 to 35 and are single
Other scale information   Midbodies normally in 19 rows, rarely in 21.
Danger rating   Bites from large specimens could be potentially dangerous.
Note: even a bite from a 'virtually harmless' or non-venomous reptile can result in serious complications. Play it safe and don't get bitten by anything.
Notes and disclaimer
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