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Reticulated whipsnake

reticulated whipsnake (Demansia reticulata)
Jurien Bay, Western Australia
Photo © Brendan Schembri
Demansia reticulata - (Gray, 1842)
Pronunciation  dee-MAN-see-ah   reh-TICK-you-LAH-tah
Etymology  Demansia: after A. van Diemen.
reticulata: 'netted', after the net-like pattern.
Other names   
Total length
Species avg: 80 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


Demansia reticulata reticulata - South-west WA, from the Perth region, north to Kalbarri.
Demansia reticulata cupreiceps - From west of the Eyre Peninsula in SA, north to around Tennant Creek in the NT, west to the Pilbara in WA.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia


A wide variety of arid and semi-arid habitats.

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