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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Subordo: Serpentes
Infraordo: Caenophidia
Superfamilia: Elapoidea

Familia: Elapidae
Subfamilia: Hydrophiinae
Genus: Drysdalia
Species: D. coronoides – D. mastersii – D. rhodogaster

Drysdalia Worrell, 1961

Drysdalia – Taxon details on Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).

Vernacular names
English: Southeastern Grass Snakes

Drysdalia is a genus of snakes, commonly known as crowned snakes, belonging to the family Elapidae. The three species in this genus are venomous snakes, but not considered deadly.

Geographic range

Species of the genus Drysdalia are endemic to parts of southern and eastern Australia.

Three species are recognized as being valid.[1]

Drysdalia coronoides (Günther, 1858) – white-lipped snake
Drysdalia mastersii (Krefft, 1866) – Masters' snake
Drysdalia rhodogaster (Jan & Sordelli, 1873) – mustard-bellied snake


The generic name, Drysdalia, is in honour of Australian artist George Russell Drysdale.[2]

The specific name, mastersii, is in honour English-born Australian zoologist George Masters.[3]

The species formerly known as Drysdalia coronata (Schlegel, 1837), commonly known as the crowned snake, was assigned to the genus Elapognathus Boulenger, 1896, by Keogh et al. in 2000. Its current correct scientific name is Elapognathus coronatus (Schlegel, 1837).

Crowned snakes are small snakes, averaging about 50 cm (20 inches) in total length (including tail) but can be as small as 18 cm (7 inches). They are normally brown in colour.

Crowned snakes inhabit woodlands, swamps, and heathland.

Drysdalia feed on frogs and lizards.

Genus Drysdalia at The Reptile Database.
Worrell (1961).

Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Drysdalia mastersii, p. 171).

External links

Drysdalia in Australian Fauna Directory

Further reading

Cogger HG (2014). Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, Seventh Edition. Clayton, Victoria, Australia: CSIRO Publishing. xxx + 1,033 pp. ISBN 978-0643100350.
Keogh JS, Scott IA, Scanlon JD (2000). "Molecullar phylogeny of viviparous Australian elapid snakes: affinities of Echiopus atriceps (Storr, 1980) and Drysdalia coronata (Schlegel, 1837) with description of a new genus". Journal of Zoology 252: 317–326. ("Elapognathus coronata [sic, ex errore]", new combination).
Swan, Gerry (1995). A Photographic Guide to Snakes and other Reptiles of Australia. Sydney: New Holland. 144 pp. ISBN 1-85368-585-2
Wilson, Steve; Swan, Gerry (2013). A Compete Guide to Reptiles of Australia, Fourth Edition. Sydney: New Holland Publishers. 522 pp. ISBN 978-1921517280.
Worrell E (1961). "Herpetological Name Changes". West Australian Naturalist 8: 18–27. (Drysdalia, new genus).


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