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Black-necked whipsnake

black-necked whipsnake (Demansia calodera)
Shark Bay, Western Australia
Photo © Jordan Vos
Demansia calodera - Storr, 1978
Pronunciation  dee-MAN-see-ah   kall-oh-DAY-ah
Etymology  Demansia: after A. van Diemen.
calodera: 'beautiful neck', referring to the strong neck pattern.
Other names  Demansia olivacea calodera
Total length
Species avg: 33 cm
Species max: 51 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


Shark Bay and Exmouth regions, Western Australia. An apparently isolated population occurs in the Gibson Desert Nature Reserve, Western Australia.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Western Australia, Northern Territory


Largely known from coastal heath, woodlands and shrublands.

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