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Hoplocephalus bungaroides

Broad-headed Snake

The Broad-headed Snake is generally black above with yellow spots forming narrow, irregular cross-bands. Other yellow scales may link these cross-bands laterally to form a straight or zigzagged stripe along the body. These cross-bands help distinguish it from the similar-looking but harmless juvenile Diamond Python. Its head is flattened on top and distinct from the body. The belly is grey or greyish-black. The average length is about 60 cm, with a maximum of around 150 cm.

Likes sandstone country. Found in Nattai NP, Morton NP and the Woronora Plateau. Threatened by bushrock removal and illegal snake collectors.

Shelters in rock crevices and under flat sandstone rocks on exposed cliff edges during autumn, winter and spring. Feeds mostly on geckos and small skinks.


Hoplocephalus bungaroides is listed in the following regions:

Southern Highlands  |  South Coast  |  Greater Sydney

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Hoplocephalus bungaroides (Broad-headed Snake) at Morton National Park - 18 Oct 2014 by NigeHartley
Hoplocephalus bungaroides (Broad-headed Snake) at Morton National Park - 18 Oct 2014 by NigeHartley
black with narrow yellow or cream bands

Species information

  • Hoplocephalus bungaroides Scientific name
  • Broad-headed Snake Common name
  • Sensitive
  • Very Rare / Threatened
  • Non-Invasive
  • Machine learning
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