Little Whip Snake

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Little Whip Snake - Peter Robertson

Suta flagellum


Small, slender snake up to 50 cm in length. Upper surface ranges from a tan to an orangy colour. The lower surface is generally cream.


Details
Type
Reptile
Group
Animals
Snake
Biology

Females give birth to up to 7 live young. Active at night.

Distinctive Markings

Black hourglass-shaped patch from the back of the nape to between the eyes. Each scale is emphasised by a dark edge.

Taxonomy
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Elapidae
Genus
Suta
Species
flagellum

Distributed from south west Victoria through the north east and into south east New South Wales.

Source: Atlas of Living Australia

Distinguished from juvenile brown snakes by the lack of a dark collar.


Interesting Facts
Diet

Carnivore. Small lizards.

Habitat

Eucalypt woodlands and associated grasslands, particularly stony hills. Often found sheltering under rocks and logs.

Native Status
Native to Australia