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Masters' snake

Masters' snake (Drysdalia mastersii)
Coffin Bay, South Australia
Photo © Rob Valentic
Drysdalia mastersii - (Krefft, 1866)
Pronunciation  drys-DAY-lee-uh   MAHS-ter-zee-ee
Etymology  Drysdalia: "After Mr. G. Russell Drysdale, Australian artist who accompanied me to Tasmanian islands where I collected the material for this generic description."1
mastersii: after G. Masters, an Australian naturalist who collected specimens for Krefft2.
Other names   
Total length
Species avg: 40 cm
Litter size
Average: 3
Range: 2 - 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


Far southern Australia, from western Victoria through South Australia to about Esperance, Western Australia.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia


Heath, grassland and mallee on sandy and limestone soils.

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