Demansia papuensis

Demansia papuensis

Demansia papuensis

(Greater Black Whip Snake, Papuan Whip Snake)

FAMILY

Elapidae

Species

Demansia papuensiS

Common name

Greater Black Whip snake, Papuan Whip Snake

Main colour

Black or very dark brown

Body size

To 1.7 m rarely longer

Location

Townsville

Description

This snake is fast and potentially dangerous, it is found in tropical woodlands where it preys chiefly on lizards. It is distinguished by a very dark body and tapering tail which like the head is often copper-coloured, there is no dark line across the snout. The lower surface is greyish.