Significance to Humans:
Conjecture surrounds the toxicity of this species with most authorities regarding it as a mildly venomous species. Symptoms my include; vomiting, cramps and moderate to severe pain, more serious in young children.
Slender-bodied snake with a distinctly bulbous head well defined from a narrow neck. Large eyes with vertical pupils. Upper brown to reddish-brown or even dark orange, with irregular, indistinct darker cross-bands. Belly creamy, apricot or orange. Central row of mid-body scales running down the centre of the back larger than surrounding mid body scales. Maintains a strong defensive “S” shaped posture. Midbody scales at 19 -23 rows.
1.2 metres with occasional specimens reaching 1.8 metres.
Habitat in SE Qld:
Occupies a wide range of habitats from rainforest, wet and dry forests, woodland, heathland, melaleuca swamps and rocky outcrops, through to suburban backyards and gardens. Nocturnal, generally shelters during the day.
Nocturnal (Active by night)
Birds and their eggs, and small mammals. Some frogs and reptiles.
Common throughout the Sunshine Coast especially in areas with well established tree cover.
Around the home:
Skilled climber and is often found in the heavy foliage of trees and shrubs, in roofs, rafters and other above-ground environs. Commonly encountered when exploiting caged birds for an easy meal.