The Yellow-faced Whipsnake, Demansia psammophis, is a slender, pale brown snake with a conspicuous yellow, comma-shaped mark around the eye and a narrow dark line across the snout. It has 15 rows of mid-body scales, a divided anal scale and over 60 divided subcaudal scales. It grows to a maximum length of 80 cm.
Photographer: Peter Robertson. Source: Wildlife Profiles Pty. Ltd.
Distribution and habitat
This species occurs along the Murray River and in the Sunset Country, in the north-west of Victoria.
Biology and bite
The Yellow-faced Whipsnake is a fast-moving species which preys on lizards. Each female lays a clutch of 4-9 eggs. Larger clutches, comprising the contributions of more than one female, have been found in soil cracks.
It is not considered dangerous to adults, although a bite may cause local pain and discomfort. 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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