Yellow Faced Whip snake

Demansia psammophis

A fairly small slender snake with a maximum length of 1 meter, it is bluish grey or pale olive green above, with reddish colouring on the head. It has large eyes with a destinctive white ring around the eye and a dark comma-shaped streak that runs from the eye to the corner of the mouth, its belly is grey/green.

They are usually found in pairs, active during the day hunting for small lizards and their eggs, and may even eat other small snakes and frogs which they can chase and catch on the run due to excellent eyesight.

They are common throughout most of Australia and unfortunately often confused with the Eastern Brown Snake. It can be distinguished from the Eastern Brown by its facial markings. It is a fast and alert snake so can be hard to obesrve closely as they flee quickly when disturbed.

The Yellow-faced Whip Snake is a venomous snake, but is not considered dangerous to humans.

We have a pair of these snakes living in our rock wall, one of them in the picture above



Yellow Faced Whip snake trapped


Snakes are not in a position to withdraw once caught in things like wire fencing or netting. They are easily trapped as in this case where a Yellow faced Whip snake was lucky to be spotted just after becoming trapped.

Rick rescued this snake and released it unharmed. Had this snake been trapped for prolonged time, things may not have turned out so well.



Please remove any unused wire, orchard netting or similar, as many native animals suffer a slow death if trapped.

Aanimals such a flying foxes, gliders, birds, wallabies, lizards can all fall prey to these perceived safe barriers.





October 5, 2015


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We would also like to acknowledge the amazing support and help we have had from the Lismore Vet Clinic who have been an invaluable support to both us and the native wildlife of this region.

All native birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are proteced under the Wildlife Act 1975, they may not be captured or harmed in any way without an authority issued under the Wildlife Act.