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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Looping Bandy Bandy Snake

Last Night, while driving home, we came across this large healthy looking Bandy Bandy Snake, on the road at Kleinton. Brendon proceeded to move it off the road so it wouldn't get run over -  it wasn't happy with this and went into it's defensive looping mode- in which it holds it's body in braced loops off the ground. This particular snake was the biggest one we have ever seen in the wild.  (I also saw another one at Murphys Creek on Saturday Night, also crossing the road). (These photos taken on my iphone).

The Bandy Bandy (Vermicella annulata) is a nocturnal hunter, feeding solely on Blind Snakes and small lizards. During the day, the Bandy Bandy can be found under logs, or burrowed deep into the earth.
The Bandy Band is found throughout Eastern Australia, and apparently is numbers are secure. The Bandy Bandy is an egg laying species with females laying between 2 - 15 eggs with young being seen in early Autumn. Newly hatched snakes measure abut 175mm in length. The Bandy Bandy's it is not believed to be dangerous to humans and is only rated 1Flag for Dangerous in the Wildlife of Greater Brisbane Book. They grow to a total length of just one meter, making them one of our smaller snake species.

Bandy Bandy Snake at Kleinton, -05/11/14

Bandy Bandy Snake.

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