Total Length – 2m
Found across the tropical north of Australia and south along the east coast from Cape York to neNSW. In our region it lives in cane fields and grassy woodlands.
Feeds on warm bodied animals –primarily rodents. Specialising on the various species of rat which are abundant in cane fields. An alert and nervous diurnal snake which will strike readily when harassed or cornered. Before the advent of antivenin most bites received by humans resulted in fatality. It is an egg-layer, laying eggs in hollow logs and abandoned burrows.
For a detailed description of this species please refer to A Field Guide to Reptiles of Queensland by Steve K. Wilson