Animal Species:Broad-headed Snake

The Broad-headed Snake occupies sandstone habitats in Sydney.

Standard Common Name

Broad-headed Snake

Identification

The Broad-headed Snake is black with numerous yellow markings arranged in irregular, narrow crossbands

Size range

50 cm - 90 cm

Distribution

The Broad-headed Snake is found in the Sydney Basin and throughout a 250 km radius from Sydney.

Habitat

The Broad-headed Snake lives on sandstone heath.

Feeding and Diet

Lizards and frogs form a major part of the Broad-headed Snake's diet.

Life cycle

The Broad-headed Snake may give birth to 8 - 20 live young at a time.

Conservation Status

Once quite common in the area, the Broad-headed Snake is currently listed as endangered in New South Wales and vulnerable under Commonwealth legislation. Aside from the loss of habitat through increasing urbanisation, it is also under threat from the removal of bush rock for landscaping. Bush rock removal impacts on sheltering and foraging sites for the snake and also results in loss of habitat for its prey.

Conservation Status (Federal): Vulnerable
Conservation Status (NSW): Endangered species

What does this mean?

Danger to humans and first aid

The Broad-headed Snake is a moderately sized species of venomous snake and is potentially dangerous.

Classification

Species:
bungaroides
Genus:
Hoplocephalus
Family:
Elapidae
Suborder:
Serpentes
Order:
Squamata
Subclass:
Lepidosauria
Class:
Reptilia
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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