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Marsh Snake

Marsh Snake

A mildly venomous snake, the Marsh snake (Hemiaspis signata) is less regularly encountered in the south east region.

Appearance

A Marsh snake is recognisable by two white lines on their face with another line along the upper lip and one from the eye to the side of the neck. Their colour on top ranges from pale olive to black with their under belly a dark grey to black. Only a small species, they don’t usually exceed 0.7m.

Behaviour

Marsh Snakes are most often active by night however are known to move diurnally. Although not aggressive, they will deliver a painful bite if threatened.

Diet

Mainly frogs and skinks.

Distribution and Habitat

From South-Eastern New South Wales to North-Eastern Queensland, Marsh snakes are in most suburbs of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan and Ipswich.