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SnakeCryptophis nigrescens (TBC)

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Unidentified at Suppressed - 15 Oct 2014

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Record accessed via Atlas of Living Coastal Wilderness BDRS Community Science Portal: Survey27 Single Sightings


   22 Oct 2019
This is probably a Small-eyed Snake but the photo quality is such that it is hard to positively ID this specimen as such.
   22 Oct 2019
Hi Patrick,
I agree that it's not a great ID photo, but I am having difficulty thinking what else it could be (in our area). The uniform grey colour with the long slender neck and almost oval shaped head, look right for a small eyed snake, but not for a red-bellied black. Jackie suggested a black sloughing it's skin, but I have photos of that and it's a more blotchy affair. Have you got other candidates in mind?
   26 Oct 2019
Hi Max.
You're right, it probably is a Small-eyed Snake and I can't think of a more likely candidate. I just don't like confirming sightings based on relatively poor photographs where there are none of the distinguishing characteristics that I usually like to see before confirming an ID.
Cheers, Patrick
   26 Oct 2019
Thanks Patrick. I can't disagree with any of that, especially as it applies to an animal with which I have no familiarity. (I've never seen one.) Difficult to extrapolate field guide characteristics into a positive ID for a photograph that doesn't display them.

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Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 15 Oct 2014 Recorded on
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