A juvenile, 25 cm snake from Southern Highlands
Province, PNG, tentatively identified as Tropidonophis statisticus.
Found at an elevation of 2530 metres. Photo thanks to Terry Moore.
Species : Tropidonophis statisticus
Maximum Size : 87 cm
References : H6
As its informal name
implies, this is a species recorded only in mountainous areas.
O'Shea (1997) puts the range of
this species as between 900 and 2150 metres elevation.
The 25 cm large-eyed juvenile pictured here was found at around 2530 metres
in Southern Highlands Province : it is thus tentatively assigned as
Tropidonophis statisticus based on its colour, patterning and extremely
high elevation (beyond its current known range). The species reaches a
maximum recorded length of 87 cm.
This species occurs in montane areas throughout Papua New Guinea (including
Goodenough Island in the southeast), and is also recorded from parts of
Indonesian Papua (Irian Jaya).