Simoselaps or Australian coral snakes is a genus composed of 15 species of venomous elapid snakes.
They are found throughout Australia.
These are small snakes. They have smooth and polished scales, shovel-shaped snouts, and are brightly marked with bands or annuli.
Habitat and behavior
They are found mainly in arid regions. They are burrowing snakes which move beneath the surface through loose sand or soil. At night they come to the surface to feed on small lizards and reptile eggs.
All species are oviparous and lay clutches of three to five eggs.
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- Genus Simoselaps at The Reptile Database
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