Cryptophis nigrescens
Rhinoplocephalus nigrescens.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Cryptophis
C. nigrescens
Binomial name
Cryptophis nigrescens
(Günther, 1862)
  • Hoplocephalus nigrescens
    Günther, 1862
  • Alecto permixta
    Jan, 1863
  • Hoplocephalus assimilis
    Macleay, 1885
  • Denisonia nigrescens
    Boulenger, 1896
  • Cryptophis nigrescens
    Worrell, 1961
  • Rhinoplocephalus nigrescens
    Hutchinson, 1990
  • Cryptophis nigrescens
    Cogger, 2014

Cryptophis nigrescens is a species of venomous snake in the family Elapidae. The species is endemic to eastern Australia.


C. nigrescens was originally described as Hoplocephalus nigrescens by Albert Günther in 1862.[2]

Geographic range

C. nigrescens is found in the Australian states of New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria.[1]

Common names

Common names for C. nigrescens include short-tailed snake,[1] small-eyed snake,[3] and eastern small-eyed snake.[4]


C. nigrescens is viviparous.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Cryptophis nigrescens ". The Reptile Database.
  2. ^ "Cryptophis nigrescens (Günther, 1862)". Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Small-eyed Snake - Cryptophis nigrescens ". Queensland Museum. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Cryptophis nigrescens (Günther, 1862) - Eastern Small-eyed Snake". Atlas of Living Australia. Retrieved 6 August 2014.

Further reading

  • Boulenger GA (1896). Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume III., Containing the Colubridæ (Opisthoglyphæ and Proteroglyphæ) ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiv + 727 pp. + Plates I-XXV. (Denisonia nigrescens, p. 343).
  • Günther A (1862). "On new Species of Snakes in the Collection of the British Museum". Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Third Series 9: 124-132. (Hoplocephalus nigrescens, new species, p. 131 + Plate IX, figure 12).