Pale-headed Snake

Snakes of South East Queensland

Pale-headed Snake

Holocephalus bitorquatus
Other common names: None Known.
Pale-headed Snake

Species Profile

Significance to Humans:

Potentially Dangerous
One serious case with severe symptoms has been reported, after bite by a larger specimen. Apply correct first aid and seek medical attention.

General description:

Head relatively broad & distinct from neck. Normally grey to dark-grey with broad, pale grey or whitish band across back of head & neck, bordered behind with narrower dark or black band before body colour. Pale head area frequently has black blotches and lips may have black & pale bars. Belly pale grey. Midbody scales at 19-21 rows.

Average Length:


Habitat in SE Qld:

Wide range of habitats but generally forests, often near watercourses.

General habits:

Good climber, partly arboreal. Shelters in tree hollows and under loose, peeling bark. Nocturnal, often foraging on rough-barked trees.


Mainly frogs, also lizards & small mammals.

Local distribution:

Darling Downs & Toowoomba, Beaudesert, Esk & Brisbane Valley, Caboolture.

Around the home:

The Pale-headed Snake is rarely associated with suburban environs but it may utilise structures in rural and urban settings in proximity to favoured habitat.

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