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1 Golden-crowned Snake at Undefined Area

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Cacophis squamulosus at Undefined Area - 10 Jun 2019
Cacophis squamulosus at Undefined Area - 10 Jun 2019

Identification history

Snake Cacophis squamulosus 6 Jul 2019 MaxCampbell
Snake Cacophis squamulosus 11 Jun 2019 narelle

Significant sighting

  19 Jul 2019

Southward range extension of a rarely recorded nocturnal species.

Author's notes

It was about 15 cm long and thin. It had two yellow stripes down the side of its head getting closer together towards the back of its head but not touching. It was dark grey almost black and its scales had a rainbow sheen in the sunlight. Underneath it was tan and looked stripey as each scale across its belly was darker on the edges.


   6 Jul 2019
Hi Narelle, The pale stripe across the snout and down the neck seems distinctive for this species. The average adult length is about 45cm so your specimen would be young at 15cm. My ID reference: "A Field Guide to Reptiles of New South Wales" (Swan Sadlier and Shea) third edition Page 248.
narelle wrote:
   9 Jul 2019
Hi Max. Its interesting to have it identified . I have never seen one before.
   10 Jul 2019
Hi Narelle, Max and I have never seen it either, and one of our books says they are nocturnal which would reduce the odds of finding one further. The books suggest your find is a range extension. The most southerly dot on the map in Swan et al is about half way between Jervis Bay and Batemans Bay. How did you run across it? Jackie
narelle wrote:
   11 Jul 2019
Hi Jackie, I was just going out the back door of a friends rustic cabin at night, and i thought I saw something fall by the door. At first I thought it was a shoe lace but it still made me jump being snake shape. It was quite dark. On closer inspection we saw it was a snake. We caught it in a jar to take away from the cabin next morning, It was very lively.
   12 Jul 2019
OK, so it was active at night, as advertised. On your location, the little snake symbol on the map looks to be out in the national park. Did you get it wrong, or move it a bit east in order to get into the ALCW catchment?
narelle wrote:
   14 Jul 2019
Yeah, the little snake symbol is not quite in the right spot.. I dont know how to move it. It should be downsteam, beside the Wadbilliga River, about half way between Yowrie and Belowra. About 7 km downstream from Wadbilliga farm.
   14 Jul 2019
Hi Narelle, It's easy enough to change your sighting location on the map. Go to the top right of this page where you'll see three grey symbols. The leftmost symbol looks like a pencil on paper; That's the edit button. If you left click on this symbol the page will reload itself and allow you to change your data. (Change notes, add and subtract photos etc). You can now go back on the map and find your correct sighting spot, then left click on that and the snake symbol will move to that spot. Once you've got things right, you just click on the "Update this sighting" button at the bottom of the page.
   19 Jul 2019
Hi Narelle, I've moved your Golden-crowned Snake sighting as per your instructions. Let me know if it needs further adjustment. I've given it a significant sighting tag for the considerable southern range extension.
Cheers, Max
narelle wrote:
   22 Jul 2019
Hi Max.. You had the marker very close.. I just moved it up stream a bit..
Cheers Narelle

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Location information

  • Coordinates 149.741138-36.248188

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • 10 Jun 2019 4:53 PM Recorded on
  • narelle Recorded by
  • Website Reported via
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