Senin, 25 Mei 2015

Simoselaps or Australian coral snakes is a genus composed of 15 species of venomous elapid snakes.

Geographic range



They are found throughout Australia.

Description



These are small snakes. They have smooth and polished scales, shovel-shaped snouts, and are brightly marked with bands or annuli.

Habitat and behavior


Simoselaps

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.

Reproduction


Simoselaps

All species are oviparous and lay clutches of three to five eggs.


Species


Simoselaps

References



  • Cogger, H.G. (2000). Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Storr G.M. (1978). Taxonomic notes on the reptiles of the Shark Bay region, Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, 6 (3): 303-318
  • Horner, P. (1998). Simoselaps morrisi sp. nov. (Elapidae), a new species of snake of the Northern Territory. The Beagle, 14: 63-70.

External links



  • Genus Simoselaps at The Reptile Database
  • "Simoselaps". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. 




 
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