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Yellow-faced Whip Snake

Yellow-faced Whip Snake

The Yellow-faced Whip Snake (Demansia psammophis) is mildly venomous. A fast and agile snake encountered quite frequently by Brisbane residents usually in gardens, the Yellow-faced Whip Snake is easy to identify by the comma marking around the eyes. They are a reclusive species and will flee at the first chance. The symptoms are usually local with swelling and some pain involved. However; some people can exhibit different responses to a bite from a Yellow Faced Whip snake, so medical advice should be sought in all cases.
Most of 1300 Catch It’s call outs for Yellow-faced Whip Snakes feature around the Ferny Hills, Enogerra, Chapel Hill, Indooroopilly Wynnum and Carindale within the Brisbane region. All suburbs of Ipswich and Logan have records for this species. The Gold Coast to has records for all suburbs.


The Yellow-faced Whip snake grows up to 900mm and is considered quite 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.>/p>


The Yellow-faced Whip snake is primarily a diurnal hunter of lizards.

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 forage close to homes. As with all snakes, please don’t approach them and phone 1300 Catch It.