Live specimen of Brachyurophis approximans (Photo Credit: Linette Umbrello)

North-western shovel-nosed snake

Brachyurophis approximans

This burrowing species belongs to a distinctive genus that all possess two black bars on the head. 

Morphology

As well as the two black bands that all members of the genus possess, the north-western shovel nosed snake has 50-80 brown bands along the body. 

Method of reproduction

Sexual

Habitat

Terrestrial

In stony soils, dominated by Acacia.

Distribution

Pilbra and surrounding arid habitats.

Taxonomy

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Brachyurophis
Species: approximans
Name Published Year: 1954
Rank: species
Scientific Name Authorship: Glauert
Commercial Impact: 

None

Conservation Assessment: Least Concern

Net Conservation Benefits Fund

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