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Golden Crowned Snake.jpg
Cacophis squamulosus,
golden-crowned snake
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Subfamily: Hydrophiinae
Genus: Cacophis
Günther, 1863

Four, see text.

Cacophis a genus of mildly venomous snakes, commonly known as crowned snakes, which are endemic to Australia.

Geographic range[edit]

Species of Cacophis are distributed along eastern Australia.


The four species in this genus are all venomous, but not dangerous to people.


Snakes of the genus Cacophis inhabit a variety of forest types, from woodland to rainforest.

Behavior & diet[edit]

Cacophis are generally nocturnal and feed on lizards and reptile eggs.


All species of Cacophis have a distinct "crown" pattern on their heads, which gives them their common names.


The following four species are recognized as being valid.[1]

Nota bene: In the above list, binomial authorities in parentheses indicate that the species was originally described in a genus other than Cacophis.


  1. ^ "Cacophis ". The Reptile Database.

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Günther A. 1863. Third Account of new Species of Snakes in the Collection of the British Museum. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Third Series 12: 348-365 + Plates V & VI. (Cacophis, new genus, p. 361).
  • Swan G. 1995. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and other Reptiles of Australia. Sydney: New Holland. 144 pp. ISBN 1-85368-585-2.