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Stephens Banded Snake

(Hoplocephalus Bungaroides)


Identification: Head is broad and distinct from the neck. Brown and often creamy brown dorsal colouration commonly with black bands, but unbanded specimens have been sighted. Grows to 1 m.


Habitat: Wet sclerophyll forest and rainforest.


Diet: Lizards, birds and small mammals.


Reproduction: Live young measuring 15 to 20 cm in length.


Danger: Potentially dangerous species.  Venom is neurotoxic and contains a strong thrombin that causes blood clotting. It can cause severe symptoms in bite victims, but is well neutralised by tiger snake anti-venom.


Behaviour: Will activate a threat display if provoked and will bite often repetitively without hesitation. Largely arboreal snakes that spend much of their time in trees. 

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