Saturday, March 1, 2014

Brown version of a Pale-headed Snake? 24/02/14

I came across this snake at Jarowair one night during this week and it initially seemed different to others we have seen here previously because of its intense brown colour and patterns.  It was around 60cm long.  On review of the photos I took and after going through Steve Wilson's Complete guide to Reptiles of Australia Book - the pattern of this snake and the shape of the head and the temperament  is identical to the pale-headed snake which we have seen plenty of here before (see previous posts here), it was the brown colouring that was remarkably different.   On review of previous photos we have taken (there are a few missing from this blog which we must add), the pale-headed snake we saw in 2010 was more brown than grey, which I hadn't realized until reviewing the photos. All of the other pale-headed snakes we have seen here of different sizes have been text-book grey colours with the white/cream patch behind the head.  We have sent the photos off to a snake expert for their opinion and will update this when we find out more.  B

Brown version of a Pale-headed Snake at Jarowair 24/02/14




4 comments:

  1. quite the specimen; the Yellow-faced Whip Snake is my frequent visitor, I see it on your list too

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    1. Thanks Carole. We have had confirmation that it is definitely a Pale-Headed Snake and that they come in a variety of colours apparently. Yes we have had a few sightings of the yellow-faced whip snake here all in the one area. They are very attractive. Thank you for your comment.

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  2. Beautiful looking snake and you got some nice pics of it.

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    1. Thanks Russell - since taking this photo we have seen quite a few other pale-headed snakes at our place, but not as brown in colour as this one.

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