SPECIES: Hoplocephalus bungaroides — Broad-headed Snake


The Broad-headed Snake packs a punch. At only 60cm, it's regarded as a small-medium sized snake, with irregular black and yellow markings along its body. In the colder months, they live in the crevices of rocky outcrops, basking in the warmth of the sun on exposed cliff ledges. When the weather warms up, they migrate down to the woodlands and forests, sheltering in hollow trees to hunt for prey. As an ambush predator, they may remain in the same retreat site for up to four weeks - under rocks or hiding in crevices, laying in wait and preying on small reptiles and mammals that come on by...

Habitat degradation is an ongoing problem for the species - the removal of rocks and trees for which they rely upon to hide away in.

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