Snakes of South East Queensland

Grey Snake

Grey Snake

(Hemiaspis damelii)
Other common names: Grey snake.
Grey Snake

Species Profile

Significance to Humans:

Mildly Venomous
Bites from this species are poorly recorded with the only significant occurrence involving the death of a dog. All bites should still be treated immediately and attended to with correct first aid.

General description:

Uniform olive to grey above, with scales tipped black anteriorly especially on the flanks (dorso-laterally). An indicative dark stripe is common place behind the head but may occasionally be faint or absent. Ventral surfaces are generally white to cream, with occasional dark grey flecking.

Average Length:

45-50cm with a maximum length around 60cm.

Habitat in SE Qld:

Favours woodlands especially eucalypt communities, usually on heavier, cracking clay soils prone to seasonal inundation. Particularly associated with water bodies or naturally occurring drainage features.

General habits:

Generally nocturnal to crepuscular but has been seen active foraging in ground crevices during the early morning.


Frogs appear the main dietary component with skinks also included.

Local distribution:

Recorded throughout suitable habitat in the Lockyer and Esk Valleys extending west throughout the Darling Downs.

Around the home:

May be found in damp or moist gardens under timber, sheets of iron & foraging amongst thick vegetation.

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