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White-bellied mangrove snake

white-bellied mangrove snake (Fordonia leucobalia)
Darwin, Northern Territory
Photo © Brendan Schembri
Fordonia leucobalia - (Schlegel, 1837)
Pronunciation  for-DOH-nee-ah   LEW-koh-BAH-lee-ah
Etymology  Fordonia: possibly after someone called 'Fordon', but probably meaningless.
leucobalia: 'white-dappled'1.
Other names   
Total length
Species avg: 60 cm
Species max: 100 cm
Litter size
Average: 6
Range: 2 - 17
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


Fishes. Crabs are also eaten; their limbs are plucked off and consumed, before the body is swallowed.

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