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Brown tree snake

brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis)
Tully, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
Boiga irregularis - (Merrem, 1802)
Pronunciation  boe-EE-gah   ear-REG-you-LAH-ris
Etymology  Boiga: possibly meaningless, but likely referring to Boa, another genus of snakes.
irregularis: 'irregular', referring to the uneven pattern.
Other names  Night tiger
Doll's eye snake
Boiga fusca 
Total length
Species avg: 140 cm
Species max: 200 cm
Clutch size
Average: 6
Range: 6 - 12
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. Rodda, G.H. & Fritts, T.H. (1992). The Impact of the Introduction of the Colubrid Snake Boiga irregularis on Guam's Lizards. Journal of Herpetology, 26(2):166-174. - search web for this article
  2. Rochelle, M. J. & Kardong, K. V. (1993). Constriction versus envenomation in prey capture by the brown tree snake, Boiga irregularis (Squamata: Colubridae). Herpetologica, 49(3):301-304. - search web for this article
  3. Mackessy, Stephen P.; Sixberry, Nicole M.; Heyborne, William H.; & Fritts, Thomas (2006). Venom of the Brown Treesnake, Boiga irregularis: Ontogenetic shifts and taxa-specific toxicity. Toxicon, 47:537-548.
  4. Shine, Richard (1991). Strangers in a strange land: ecology of the Australian colubrid snakes. Copeia, (1):120-131.
  5. Trembath, DF & Fearn, S. (2008). Body sizes, activity times, food habits and reproduction of brown tree snakes (Boiga irregularis) (Serpentes: Colubridae) from tropical north Queensland, Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology, 56(3):173-178.

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