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Macleay's water snake

Macleay's water snake (Pseudoferania polylepis)
Mount Carbine, Queensland
Photo © Rob Valentic
Pseudoferania polylepis - (Fischer, 1886)
Pronunciation  SUE-doh-feh-RAIN-nee-ah   POL-ee-LEP-iss
Etymology  Pseudoferania: false Ferania, after another genus of homalopsid snake.1
polylepis: 'many-scaled'. Its common name comes from an old scientific name for this species, Pseudoferania macleayi.
Other names  Enhydris polylepis
Hypsirhina polylepis
Hypsirhina macleayi
Pseudoferania macleayi
Total length
Species avg: 60 cm
Species max: 80 cm
Litter size
Average: 12
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


North Queensland across to the top end of the Northern Territory. Also in New Guinea.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Northern Territory, Queensland


Creeks, swamps and lagoons, especially those lined with thick vegetation.

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