Furina barnardi

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Photo Courtesy of: Haley Burgess

(Barnard’s snake)




Furina barnardi

Common name(s)

Yellow-naped snake

Barnard’s snake

Main colour(s)

Dark brown to black

Body size

50 cm

Life span


Orpheus Island Research Station


The snake has a darker head than the body and is barely distinct from the neck. The scales have is a bit lighter color on the edge. The more yellow color behind the head is more conspicuous in the young age. The belly has a cream color.


Barnard’s snake is nocturnal snakes which hide underneath litter. The range is the north-eastern Queensland.


The food is often small lizards

Danger Level and First Aid

The snake is not considered dangerous to humans, but is venomous.

Sites where this species can be found at OIRS

Whilst this snake is believed to be distributed throughout Orpheus Island, it is most frequently seen basking on rocks on track to point or around lab area gardens and marine display tank.

Research that has been undertaken at OIRS


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