The Bardick, Echiopsis curta, is a dark grey snake, occasionally with a slightly darker head which is distinctly wider than the neck. It has 19 rows of mid-body scales, a single anal scale and 30-40 single subcaudal scales. Total length is slightly in excess of 50 cm.
Photographer: Peter Robertson / Source: Wildlife Profiles Pty Ltd
Distribution and habitat
Within Victoria, it is restricted to the semi arid mallee areas of the north west including the Little Desert. It is usually found under fallen vegetation and other debris on sandy or loamy soils.
Biology and bite
Active at night, its diet consists of a range of small vertebrates. Females produce a litter of 3-14 live young.
The Bardick will react aggressively towards humans if harassed. It is venomous, but is not considered 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.