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Northern shovel-nosed snake

northern shovel-nosed snake (Brachyurophis roperi)
Adelaide River, Northern Territory
Photo © Brendan Schembri
Brachyurophis roperi - (Kinghorn, 1931)
Pronunciation  BRACK-ee-your-OH-fis   ROPE-er-ee
Etymology  Brachyurophis: 'short-tailed snake'
roperi: After the Roper River mission.
Other names   
Total length
Species avg: 37 cm
Clutch size
Average: 3
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


Occurs from Broome, Western Australia, east through the Kimberley and Top End of the Northern Territory to at least Camooweal in Queensland, extending south in the Northern Territory to about Ti Tree.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Northern Territory, Western Australia, Queensland


Mostly heavy soils and rocky ranges, although present in many sandy areas.

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