DugiteScientific name: Pseudonaja affinis

Meaning of name: Pseudonaja is from the Greek word pseudes, meaning false, and Naja, being the cobra genus. Affinis is Latin meaning related. It refers to the Dugite being related to the Gwardar.

Distribution: Occurs from just north of Perth to the South Australian border.

Description: A large, fast moving snake to 2 metres long. Their colouring is highly variable, pale to dark brown, yellow, reddish brown, olive, green or black. Often marked with irregular darker spots or blotches.

Notes: Mating occurs in spring. The female deposits one, or sometimes two, clutches of 10 – 30 eggs between November and February. Hatching occurs from February to May.

References: A Guide to the Reptiles and Frogs of the Perth Region. Brian Bush, Brad Maryan, Robert Browne-Cooper, David Robinson. 1995
Snakes of Western Australia. GM Storr, LA Smith, RE Johnstone. 1986