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Macleay's water snake
Pseudoferania - Ogilby, 1891

Pronunciation: SUE-doh-feh-RAIN-nee-ah
 Etymology: false Ferania, after another genus of homalopsid snake.1

Taxonomic notes:

The sole Australian member of this genus was previously included in the south-east Asian Enhydris.2

Statistics: Reproductive modes:
Live-bearing - 1 out of 1 Australian species

Size range:
Number of Australian species: 1

Macleay's water snake (Pseudoferania polylepis)
Mount Carbine, Queensland
Photo © Rob Valentic
Macleay's water snake (Pseudoferania polylepis) distribution range map Pseudoferania polylepis
Macleay's water snake
Year described
(Fischer 1886)
Brownish-black on top. Pale below.

  1. Ogilby, J. D. (1891). Description of a new snake from the Herbert River District. Proceedings of the Linnaean Society New South Wales, series 2, 5:51-52.
  2. Murphy, John C. (2011). The nomenclature and systematics of some Australasian Homalopsid snakes (Squamata: Serpentes: Homalopsidae). The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 59(2):229-236.
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