Other common names: Grey snake.
Significance to Humans:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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