The Curl Snake, Suta suta, has a broad flat head, dark above with a lighter, dark-edged stripe extending around the snout from each eye. The conspicuous small pupil and orange-coloured iris are distinctive. It has 19 rows of mid-body scales, a single anal scale and 20-35 single subcaudal scales. It is a heavily built snake with a maximum total length of just over 60 cm.
The Curl Snake, Suta suta
Photographer: Peter Robertson. Source: Wildlife Profiles Pty Ltd
Distribution and habitat
In Victoria, the Curl Snake is known only from areas of heavy cracking soils near the Murray, Loddon and Avoca rivers of the north and central regions.
Biology and bite
Active at night, the Curl Snake feeds on a range of small vertebrates. Females give birth to 1-7 live young.
The Curl Snake should be regarded as dangerous to adults. If bitten on a limb, apply a pressure bandage, immobilise the limb and seek medical advice immediately. If bitten elsewhere, apply continual direct pressure to the bite site. Do not wash the wound as the venom can confirm the identification of the snake.
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Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2003. Reptiles of Australia. Princeton University Press.