Significance to Humans:
Potentially dangerous, more so if children are bitten. Potentially life threatening to smaller pets however fatalities are rare.
Bite may cause localised pain & swelling ranging from moderate to severe symptoms depending on the individual and dose of venom. Apply correct first aid and seek medical attention.
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 1.2 metres.
Habitat in SE Qld:
Mainly dry open areas, open forest & grassland, coastal heath.
Swift-moving, alert, diurnal snake. Good vision, active hunter.
Lizards such as skinks and also frogs.
Uncommonly encountered but known sightings have been around Mooloolah River national park. Mountain creek, Sippy Downs, and Beerwah.
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.