The Yellow-faced Whip Snake (Demansia psammophis)is mildly venomous.
A very fast and agile snake encountered quite frequently by Brisbane residents, usually in their gardens. The Yellow-faced Whip Snake is easy to identify by the comma marking around the eyes. They are non aggressive and will flee at the first chance.
The symptoms are usually local with swelling and some pain involved.
However; some people take different reactions to a bite from a Yellow Faced Whip snake, so medical advice should be sought if the bite victim has unusual symptoms or doesn’t feel well.
Most of 1300 Catch It’s call outs for Yellow-faced Whip Snakes are around the North Lakes and Mango Hill area.
The Yellow-faced Whip snake grows up to one hundred centimeters and is very slender. Typical colors are pale bluish grey to light olive green with a greenish-grey belly. A reddish tinge on the neck and front third of its back is often present.
The eye is large and is encircled by a pale ring with a black, comma-shaped marking beneath. A dark, pale-edged line on the tip of the snout runs between the nostrils.
The Yellow-faced Whip snake is fast and alert and is active by day.
This snake is potentially dangerous and should be treated with caution.
The Yellow-faced Whip snake usually feeds on lizards and their eggs, frogs and other small snakes.
Distribution and Habitat
The Yellow-faced Whip snake is widespread over a large portion of mainland Australia and is found in open forests, farmland and suburban gardens.
Occasionally they find themselves in houses, as they can squeeze through the tiniest gaps found in window screens and under doors.
As with all snakes, please don’t approach them and phone 1300 Catch It.
If they’re outside, they will swiftly move on once sighted.
Most of our call outs for Yellow Faced Whips result in not being being able to locate them if they’ve been spotted outside.