Port Lincoln Snake Rhinoplocephalus spectabilis

Snakes of Victoria series

Identification

The Port Lincoln Snake, Rhinoplocephalus spectabilis, is a small, brown, black-headed species usually with a narrow pale bar across the snout. It lacks a vertebral stripe and has an unmarked white belly. It has 15 rows of mid-body scales, a single anal scale and 15-40 single subcaudal scales. It has a total length of up to 40 cm.

The Port Lincoln Snake,Rhinoplocephalus spectabilis

The Port Lincoln Snake, Rhinoplocephalus spectabilis
Photographer: Peter Robertson. Source: Wildlife Profiles Pty Ltd

Distribution and habitat

Within Victoria Rhinoplocephalus spectabilis is restricted to the Big Desert, where it burrows in sandy soils.

Biology and bite

Active at night, its diet consists of small lizards. Females give birth to as many as 7 live young.

Rhinoplocephalus spectabilisis not considered to be 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.

Further Reading

Coventry, A. J. and Robertson, P. 1991. The Snakes of Victoria – A Guide to their Identification. Department of Conservation & Environment/Museum of Victoria.

Cogger, H. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia. Reed Books.

Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2003. Reptiles of Australia. Princeton University Press.

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