Dugites

Dugites

About Dugites

The Dugite (Pseudonaja affinis) is a venomous, potentially lethal, snake of the family Elapidae native to Western Australia. Dugites are coloured grey, green or brown. The colours vary widely between individuals and are an unreliable means of identifying species. The most distinguishing characteristic is the shape of the head, this is small compared to the neck, and grades imperceptibly into the body. They can grow up to 2m long. Members of the genus are found in southern parts of Western Australia and in remote coastal parts of western South Australia. They prefer sandy areas and like most snakes will not normally approach populated areas but may be seen if looking for food and water. In Western Australia they are currently common in bushland areas, but their numbers are diminishing. Like other brown snakes, dugites are diurnal. The female dugite lays 10 to 20 eggs at a time.