Significance to Humans:
Weakly venomous with localised symptoms around bite area. Generally considered harmless due to small size of mouth & inoffensive nature.
Smooth scaled, glossy snake with distinctive pattern of sharply contrasting black and white rings that continue right around the body. Snout black, rounded. Short, blunt tail. Small eyes. Midbody scales at 15 rows.
Habitat in SE Qld:
Founds across a wide range of habitats and vegetation types, from coastal forest & woodland, to scrubland, mulga and outback desert.
Nocturnal, burrowing snake, found beneath the soil surface, under stumps, rocks & logs. Emerges at night to forage, especially after rain. Unique alarm posture of holding braced loops of body off ground.
Feeds on Blind Snakes.
Rarely encountered species, mainly around Palmwoods, Eumundi, Doonan, Landsborough area and the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
Around the home:
Infrequently encountered. Occasional specimens discovered by roaming cats at night or often found after falling into backyard swimming pools. Prefers subterranean refuge under large rocks or deeply set ground timber.