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crowned snakes
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Drysdalia
Worrell, 1961

crowned snake, (Drysdalia coronata)
Schlegel, 1837
white-lipped snake, (Drysdalia coronoides)
Günther, 1858
Masters' snake, (Drysdalia masterii)
Krefft, 1866
Drysdalia rhodogaster
Jan & Sordelli, 1873

The crowned snakes are a group of snakes belonging to the genus Drysdalia of the family Elapidae. The four species in this genus are venomous, but not considered deadly.

Geographic range[edit]

They are endemic to parts of southern and eastern Australia.


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


They inhabit woodlands, swamps and heathland.


Drysdalia feed on frogs and lizards.