Grey Snake

Grey Snake - Hemiaspis damelii

(Hemiaspis damelii)

Other common names: None known.

Significance to Humans: Mildly Venomous
Bites from this species are poorly recorded with the only significant occurrence involving the death of a dog. All bites should still be treated immediately and attended to with correct first aid.

General description: Uniform olive to grey above, with scales tipped black anteriorly especially on the flanks (dorso-laterally). An indicative dark stripe is common place behind the head but may occasionally be faint or absent. Ventral surfaces are generally white to cream, with occasional dark grey flecking.

Average Length: 45-50cm with a maximum length around 60cm.

Habitat in SE Qld: Favours woodlands especially eucalypt communities, usually on heavier, cracking clay soils prone to seasonal inundation. Particularly associated with water bodies or naturally occurring drainage features.

General habits: Generally nocturnal to crepuscular but has been seen active foraging in ground crevices during the early morning.

Diet: Frogs appear the main dietary component with skinks also included.

Local distribution: Recorded throughout suitable habitat in the Lockyer and Esk Valleys extending west throughout the Darling Downs.

Around the home: May be found in damp or moist gardens under timber, sheets of iron & foraging amongst thick vegetation.]

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