Little Whip Snake

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Little Whip Snake

Suta flagellum


Females give birth to up to 7 live young. Active at night.


Details Description
Type
Reptile
Group
Snake
Identifying Characteristics

Small, slender snake up to 50 cm in length. Upper surface ranges from a tan to an orangy colour. The lower surface is generally cream.

Distinctive Markings

Black hourglass-shaped patch from the back of the nape to between the eyes. Each scale is emphasised by a dark edge.

Diet

Carnivore. Small lizards.

Habitat

Eucalypt woodlands and associated grasslands, particularly stony hills. Often found sheltering under rocks and logs.

Native Status
Native to Australia
Taxonomy
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Elapidae
Genus
Suta
Species
flagellum
Distributed from south west Victoria through the north east and into south east New South Wales.

Distribution maps indicate current and historic locations where species have been sighted.

Source: Atlas of Living Australia

Conservation Status
DEPI Advisory List
Not listed
FFG Act
Not listed
EPBC Act
Not listed

The conservation status of species is listed within Victoria and Australia.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI) Advisory List consists of non-statutory advisory lists of rare or threatened flora and fauna within Victoria.

The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act) lists threatened species in Victoria. Under the Act, an Action Statement is produced for each listed species.

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s key piece of environmental legislation, listing nationally threatened native species and ecological communities.