Enhydris polylepis

Enhydris polylepis

Enhydris polylepis

(Macleay’s Water Snake)

FAMILY

Colubridae

Species

Enhydris polylepis

Common name

Macleay’s Water Snake

Main colour

Olive-brown to olive-black to coppery

Body size

To 87 cm long

Location

Cairns

Description

This rear-fanged snake is found associated with waterholes and streams and the surrounding grassy banks as in Half Moon creek on the Smithfield campus. It preys on a variety of small animals. The body varies in colour but most commonly is brown often with a darker stripe on the flank. The belly and lower flanks are cream to yellow with dark speckles. A dark stripe is common on the underside of the tail.