Demansia psammophis

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Demansia psammophis
Yellow-faced Whip-Snake kobble08.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Demansia
Species: D. psammophis
Binomial name
Demansia psammophis
(Schlegel, 1837)
Synonyms[1]

Demansia psammophis, commonly known as the yellow-faced whip snake, is a species of venomous snake in the family Elapidae, a family containing many dangerous snakes.

Geographic range[edit]

D. psammophis is endemic to Australia.

Description[edit]

D. psammophis is a long thin snake with a narrow head. Dorsally, it is greyish green to grayish blue in colour. Below the eye is a black "comma"-like marking which extends to the edge of the lip; this black marking is edged with yellow in front and behind. A white-edged dark line is seen across the snout, especially in juveniles.

Average total length (including tail) is 80 cm (31 in), maximum 1.2 m (47 in). Hatchlings are 20 cm (7.9 in) long.

Diet[edit]

D. psammophis is a lizard eating specialist, and it is common throughout its range.

Behaviour[edit]

Although not an aggressive species, the bite of D. psammophis is to be avoided, as extreme pain will affect the bitten limb.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Demansia psammophis ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.

Sources[edit]

  • Weigel, John (2002). Australian Reptile Park's Guide to Snakes of South-east Australia. ISBN 0-646-00006-3. (Demansia psammophis, p. 50).
  • "Demansia psammophis ". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. www.itis.gov.

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA (1896). Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume III., Containing the Colubridæ (Opisthoglyphæ and Proteroglyphæ) ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiv + 727 pp. + Plates I-XXV. (Diemenia psammophis, pp. 322–323).
  • Schlegel H (1837). Essai sur la physionomie des serpens. Amsterdam: M.H. Schonekat. Partie générale, xxviii + 251 pp.; Partie descriptive, 606 + xvi pp. (Elaps psammophis, new species, p. 455). (in French).