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Common wolf snake

common wolf snake (Lycodon capucinus)
Christmas Island
Photo © Hal Cogger
Lycodon capucinus - Boie, 1827
Pronunciation  LY-ko-don  
Etymology  Lycodon: 'wolf-tooth'
capucinus: possibly after a group of friars named the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin?
Other names  Common house snake
Lycodon aulicus capucinus 
Total length
Species avg: 70 cm
Clutch size
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


Introduced to Christmas Island from South East Asia. Also throughout Indonesia and surrounding countries.

Fritts, T.H. 1993 The Common Wolf Snake, Lycodon aulicus capucinus, a Recent Colonist of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean Wildlife Res 20 (2): 261-266

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Christmas Island


Often found around buildings.

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