A range extension for the endangered Grey Snake Hemiaspis damelii (Günther 1876) in the Murrumbidgee catchment, southern NSW

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Abstract

The Grey Snake Hemiaspis damelii (Günther 1876) is a relatively small elapid (mean snout vent length = 42.6 cm,max = 60 cm) (Shine 1987) found across central inland NSW, extending north through the interior of southeastern Queensland to coastal areas near Rockhampton (Cogger 2014; Hobson 2012; Wilson and Swan 2017). It is crepuscular and nocturnal, feeds primarily on frogs and gives birth to 4-16 live young between January and March(Shine 1987). However, apart from several early life history studies (Shine 1977, 1978, 1987), the distribution and ecology of H. damelii is poorly known, especially in the southern part of its geographical range.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)652-655
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Zoologist
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

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