Demansia vestigata

Demansia vestigata

Demansia vestigata

(Lesser Black Whip Snake)

FAMILY

Elapidae

Species

Demansia vestigata

Common name

Lesser Black Whip Snake

Main colour

Olive-brown or black

Body size

To 1.5 m long

Location

Cairns, Townsville

Description

A fast slender snake with a fine tapering tail it can usually be found in drier habitats where it feeds chiefly on small vertebrates, especially lizards. Larger specimens are venomous. The body is olive-brown to black above, sometimes flushed with red, and the scales have a dark edge. Belly is yellowish-grey to greenish-grey, the underside of the tail is reddish. There is no dark line across the snout. Previously known as Demansia atra.