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Arnhem shovel-nosed snake

Arnhem shovel-nosed snake (Brachyurophis morrisi)
Cobourg Peninsula, Northern Territory
Photo © Peter Street
Brachyurophis morrisi - (Horner, 1998)
Pronunciation  BRACK-ee-your-OH-fis   MORR-iss-ee
Etymology  Brachyurophis: 'short-tailed snake'
morrisi: after Ian James Morris, naturalist and author, who first collected this species in 1970.
Other names  Simoselaps sp. - photo 817 in Wilson & Knowles (1988)1
Simoselaps morrisi
Total length
Species avg: 23 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


Northern Arnhem Land.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Northern Territory


Eucalyptus miniata-dominated woodland.

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