Brachyurophis semifasciatus — Southern Shovel-nosed Snake
Some other names for this species:
Southern Half-girdled Snake
This pretty little snake is venomous, like all species in the family Elapidae, but is considered harmless to humans. It was the only snake we saw on the road in several nights of night-driving both at Kalbarri and later at Shark Bay. I expected more, but we were unfortunate to be visiting during a bit of a cold snap.
This species was formerly listed in the genus Simoselaps.
Here is a complete list of the reptiles and frogs I saw on this trip to Western Australia.
- Bush, B., Maryan, B., Browne-Cooper, R., Robinson, D. 1995. A Guide to the Reptiles and Frogs of the Perth Region
- Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles & Amphibians of Australia, Seventh Edition
- Wilson, S. K., Knowles, D. 1988. Australia's Reptiles: A Photographic Reference to the Terrestrial Reptiles of Australia
- Wilson, S. and Swan, G. 2003. Reptiles of Australia