Victoria has almost 30 species of snake. Each of the Information Sheets below describes a species of snake that lives in Victoria and includes information about what each snake looks like, how they behave and where they occur.
Alpine Copperhead Australeps ramsayi
Bandy Bandy Vermicella annulata
Blind Snakes Ramphotyphlops spp.
Carpet Python Morelia spilota metcalfei
Common or Eastern Brown Snake Pseudonaja textilis
Common Copperhead Australeps superbus
Coral Snake Simoselaps australis
Diamond Python Morelia spilota spilota
Little Whip Snake Rhinoplocephalus flagellum
Master’s Snake Drysdalia mastersii
Mitchell’s Short-tailed Snake Rhinoplocephalus nigriceps
Red-bellied Black Snake Pseudechis porphyriacus
Red-naped Snake Furina diadema
Port Lincoln Snake Rhinoplocephalus spectabilis
Small-eyed Snake Cryptophis nigrescens
Inland Taipan Oxyuranus microlepidota
Tiger Snake Notechis scutatus
Western Brown Snake Pseudonaja nuchalis
White-lipped Snake Drysdalia coronoides
Yellow-bellied Sea Snake Pelamis platurus
Yellow-faced Whipsnake Demansia psammophis
Curl Snake Suta suta
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.
Hi Anika - you are welcome to send us the images you have via our Ask the Experts page, there's a good chance the remains may not be identifiable as some species can be difficult to identify without a very clear photograph, but if you can send us what you've got we're happy to have a look for you
You can locate the commonly found snakes in the Little River area by using the species checklist on the Bioinformatics website.
Hi Alan, most snake repellers operate by generating vibrations through the ground that snakes are supposed to find discomforting. We don’t know of any sound scientific basis for these repellers to work but there is much evidence that they don’t work. According to anecdotal evidence, they may work under certain circumstances with certain snake species, but generally they don’t seem to deter snakes at all.
The best way to deter snakes is to make the environment around the house as unappealling as possible. This involves removing long grass, eliminating prey (such as rodents), removing sheets of tin and wood piles on the ground, and removing access to water bodies near the house.
Unfortunately our Curator for Herpetology is not able to positively identify the snake you saw from description alone. Perhaps you may be able to identify the snake yourself using images on our Bioinformatics website.
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That's very possible, Thalia. In an email to Ann our herpetologist explained that the snake in the photograph is either a tiger snake with little banding, or (possibly) a copper head. Colouration in both of these species varies widely. Further images are available here. Hope this helps!
Hi Robyn - Unfortunately our Curator for Herpetology is not able to positively identify the snake you saw from description alone. Perhaps you may be able to identify the snake yourself using images on our Bioinformatics website. I hope this helps!
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