Parkers Snake

Unknown Snake of Australasia.

Physical description: Length, up to 6 feet. Smooth scales. Enlarged ventrals. Short tail.

Behavior: Aquatic. Very venomous.

Habitat: Small freshwater swamps and inland streams.

Distribution: Western Province, Papua New Guinea.

Significant sightings: In 1972 and 1973, one of these snakes bit three children near the village of Wipim, Papua New Guinea. All three quickly died, faster than most victims of bites by Taipans (Oxyuranus spp.) or Sea snakes (Hy-

drophis spp.).

Sources: Fred Parker, The Snakes of Western Province (Port Moresby: Papua New Guinea Department of Lands and Environment, 1982), p. 78; Mark O'Shea, A Guide to the Snakes of Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: Independent, 1996).

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