White Crowned Snake
Other common names: Crowned Snake.
Not considered dangerous to humans. All crowned snakes are reluctant biters, relying more on bluff display than bite. They are weakly venomous and have tiny mouths and short fangs. They will generally rear up & ‘mock strike’ with mouth closed, more of a ‘head butt’. If bitten, as with any snake bite, apply correct first aid and seek medical attention.
General description: Smallish snake, with small eyes. Body generally dark steely-grey both upper & belly. Distinctive ‘crown’; broad (at least 4 scales width) white or pale yellowish band on nape of the neck extends forward around sides of head to meet at snout, enclosing an oval- or diamond-shaped black patch on the top of head. Midbody scales at 15 rows.
Average Length: 30-40 cm
Habitat in SE Qld: Moist sheltered areas within forests, woodlands and heathland.
General habits: Secretive, nocturnal snakes. Hunts day-active skinks in leaf-litter at night while they are sleeping. Primarily terrestrial. Shelters by day in moist litter, under rocks, and logs.
Diet: Lizard & skink specialist
Local distribution: Possibly the most abundant of Brisbane’s smaller snake species. The most commonly encountered of the crowned snakes.
Around the home: Compost heaps, moist garden areas with abundant leaf-litter, and around rockeries provide ideal habitat. Often discovered by roaming cats at night.
Visit our Snake safety around the home pages along with our Snakes around the garden pages provide further valuable information when considering this species and its potential presence around your property.
Our Catcher Removed a Trio of Skinks
The Verreaux’s Skink is often mistaken for a snake as they have a slender body and slither. The head, visible ears and tiny remnant legs are the best ways to distinguish them from snakes. We recommend getting in contact with a snake service if you are unsure for identification and removal. This trio was relocated by our snake catcher.
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