Wednesday, January 5, 2011

White Crowned Snake Reclocation

05th January 2011

WHITE CROWNED SNAKE RE-LOCATION

This small White Crowned Snake (Cacophis harriettae) (approx 50cm) was found by our neighbour in her shed adjoining her house. It seemed to have wedged itself under a tyre. This was my first snake relocation!! It did show me it's "mock strikes" and unlike what is written in my wildlife book, it did open its mouth while defending itself. Relocated back outside where it belongs, well away from the house.  J.G.

The White Crowned Snake was found under a tyre wheel in my neighbours shed.

Released back where it belongs - outside

The Underside of the White Crowned Snake, it turned over while trying to make its way amongst the tuft of grass.

WHITE CROWNED SNAKE
(ELAPID SNAKE)
Family: ELAPIDAE
VENOMOUS BUT NOT REGARDED AS DANGEROUS 

Description: The distinguishing feature of this snake is the white to cream band around the head. The white crown is broadest on the nape where it forms a complete collar that is at least four scales wide. The White-crowned Snake is grey to dark brown with a dark grey underbelly.

Size: Adults 25 - 50 cm
Behaviour: The White-crowned Snake is nocturnal. When threatened, this snake will raise it's forebody off the ground whilst tilting it's head down and strikes repeatedly, usually without opening it's mouth.
Prey: Mainly small lizards and reptile eggs
Reproduction: Females lay up to 10 eggs in a clutch.

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