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Northern mangrove snake

northern mangrove snake (Parahydrophis mertoni)
Darwin, Northern Territory
Photo © Brendan Schembri
Parahydrophis mertoni - (Roux, 1910)
Pronunciation  par-a-hy-DROH-fiss   MER-tun-ee
Etymology  Parahydrophis: 'next-to Hydrophis' - Hydrophis is another genus of sea snake.
mertoni: Presumably named after a Mr Merton.
Other names   
Total length
Species avg: 50 cm
Litter size
Average: 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


Gulf of Carpentaria and northern Northern Territory.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Northern Territory, 200 m bathymetric


Coastal mangrove-lined mudflats.

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