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De Vis' banded snake

De Vis' banded snake (Denisonia devisi)
Condamine, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
Denisonia devisi - Waite & Longman, 1920
Pronunciation  den-is-SOHN-ee-ah   de-VEE-ee
Etymology  Denisonia: after Sir William Denison, a former governor of New South Wales.
devisi: after Charles Walter de Vis (pronounced 'de vee', not 'de viss' - it's French), a former curator of the Queensland Museum.
Other names  Mud adder
Denisonia maculata devisi 
Total length
Species avg: 50 cm
Species max: 60 cm
Litter size
Average: 5
Range: 3 - 11
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


Western slopes and plains of western, central, and southern Queensland, extending down to the northern interior of New South Wales. Also occurs in north-western Victoria, and the species may be patchily distributed in the intervening area of western New South Wales. Not found in coastal regions.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

New South Wales, Queensland


Low-lying areas with deep cracks in clay soils. Found in open and riverside woodlands, and brigalow.

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