Lesser Black Whip Snake

Snakes of South East Queensland

Lesser Black Whip Snake

(Demansia vestigiata)
Other common names: Black Whip Snake, Whip Snake.
Lesser Black Whip Snake

Species Profile

Significance to Humans:

Potentially Dangerous
Larger specimens of the Lesser Black Whip Snake can be potentially dangerous especially if children involved. Bite may cause localised pain & severe symptoms. Apply correct first aid and seek medical attention.

General description:

Slender body with long finely tapering tail. Large prominent eye. Colour rich dark brown through reddish brown to dark grey, often reddish-brown flush towards tail. Body has pattern of black and white flecks or spots caused by dark and light markings on individual scales. Top of head usually has dark brown spots & flecks, and narrow, pale edge around eye. Belly greenish-grey. Scales smooth. Midbody scales at 15 rows.

Average Length:

Average 1.2 metres

Habitat in SE Qld:

Mainly dry open areas, open forest & grassland, coastal heath.

General habits:

Swift-moving, alert, diurnal snake. Good vision, active hunter.


Lizards such as skinks and also frogs.

Local distribution:

Recent records include areas to the north of Brisbane such as Bribie Island and Beachmere.

Around the home:

Infrequently encountered with very few recorded by snake handlers in the region. Would be typically associated with ground refugia such as timber piles, sheet iron, rock walls and heavy vegetation.

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