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Muller's Crowned Snake
   
   

Fig 1


Fig 2


Fig 3


Fig 4

 

 

Family : ELAPIDAE
Species : Aspidomorphus muelleri
Maximum Size : 66 cm

Muller's Crowned Snake is an elusive, terrestrial, forest species inhabiting elevations of up to 1500 metres.

The two specimens in these images were discovered in cleared areas adjacent to dense, primary forests on limestone karst at  elevations of 1200 to 1280 metres in the Kutubu area of Southern Highlands Province. Though venomous, the species appears to be of quiet temperament, and appears to be diurnal.

Though colouration can be quite variable, the colours and patterning of the head and neck region illustrated here are quite typical.

The species is widely distributed throughout mainland PNG and the Bismarck Archipelago. Its range extends to the western half of New Guinea (i.e. Papua, formerly Irian Jaya) and nearby islands.


Figs 1 and 2 : 40 cm adult found at an elevation of 1200 metres in the Kutubu area, Southern Highlands Province, PNG.

Figs 3 and 4 : 18 cm juvenile from an elevation of 1280 metres, Southern Highlands Province, PNG.
 

References : H6