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Unidentified at suppressed - 29 Jan 2021
Unidentified at suppressed - 29 Jan 2021
Unidentified at suppressed - 29 Jan 2021
Unidentified at suppressed - 29 Jan 2021
Unidentified at suppressed - 29 Jan 2021
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Unidentified 29 Jan 2021 FionaG

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Found this reptile like thing when I opened the car door. I couldn't find a head and it was in two parts. It was the width of a little finger. Beautifully coloured, the top a coppery colour, the underside a red/brown colour with blue/black spots and between the two sides a motley, flecked mix between the two colours. Very tiny scales on top with larger transparent scales underneath.


   30 Jan 2021
Hi Fiona, Certainly looks like a snake with those smaller scales on the upper side and wider belly scales. Maybe a juvenile of one of the local species. Better wait and see what Patrick thinks.
FionaG wrote:
   30 Jan 2021
Thanks Jackie.
FionaG wrote:
   12 Feb 2021
Hi Jackie, I'm just wondering whether this could be a blind snake? It seems to look similar in terms of scales etc with other images you find on the internet.
   12 Feb 2021
Hi Fiona, I don't think so. The key to snakes in my Cogger (Reptiles and Amphibians of Aust) brings blind snakes out from the rest by "no enlarged ventral scales, the scales on the belly more or less equal in size to those on the back and sides". Your 3rd photo shows the belly scales are wider, though not as wide as usual on the local snakes I wouldn't have thought. So my money is still on a juvenile of one of the local elapid snakes (black, brown, white-lipped, mustard-bellied etc).
FionaG wrote:
   12 Feb 2021
Oh, right. I also thought Mustard-belly at some point. Have sent some pics off to the museum. Hopefully they will be able to shed some light on it. Thanks Jackie

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  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • 29 Jan 2021 02:57 PM Recorded on
  • FionaG Recorded by

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