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Resetar's mangrove snake

Resetar's mangrove snake (Myron resetari)
Broome, Western Australia
Photo © Scott van Barneveld
Myron resetari - Murphy, 2011
Pronunciation  MY-ron   ress-ah-TAR-ee
Etymology  Myron: possibly after the ancient Greek sculptor, Myron.1
resetari: "The specific name is in honour of Alan Resetar of the Division of Amphibians and Reptiles, Field Museum of Natural History Chicago, USA for his life long dedication to herpetology and his behind the scenes contributions to homalopsid snake research."2
Other names   
Total length
Species avg: 39.5 cm
Litter 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


"19 scale rows on the neck and at mid body; one preocular scale; large, plate like occipital scales that are posterior and lateral to the parietals."2

Similar species

Richardson's mangrove snake (Myron richardsonii) - has 21 dorsal scale rows at the neck and midbody (versus 19), decreasing to 17 or 19 near the tail; largest upper labial scale is 6th or 7th (versus 5th); two preocular scales (versus one) 2

Taxonomic notes

This species was described by Murphy in 2011.2
Split from Richardson's mangrove snake (Myron richardsonii) in 2011.2

Holotype: QM J52861. Type locality: Broome, Western Australia (about 17˚ 58'S and 122˚ 14'E).

Scale count information

Dorsal scales at midbody   19 to 21
Ventrals   137 to 142 with a divided anal scale
Subcaudals   36 to 37 and are divided
Other scale information   "large, plate like occipital scales that are posterior and lateral to the parietals."2
5th upper labial is the largest
Danger rating  
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