The Grey snake is one of the most elusive members of the Elapidae snake family.
As they tend to forage on the ground between dusk and dawn, they have only been witnessed a handful of times over the past 65 years.
Like other Elapids, such as the Eastern brown snake, the Grey snake is venomous. In this article, we will uncover all the mysteries of the Grey snake and teach you how to manage their bites.
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The Grey snake (Hemiaspis damelii) has the following identifying characteristics:
Though not much is known about the Grey snake's distribution, existing records indicate they are commonly found in south-eastern Queensland and north-central New South Wales.
Small populations have also been found in south-western New South Wales and north-eastern South Australia.
They tend to shelter in cracking clay soils and under rocks, logs, and other debris in woodlands and dry sclerophyll forests where water bodies are present.
The Grey snake is mostly active during the night. They use this time to hunt and feed on frogs and skinks.
They are currently listed as endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
There are several factors contributing to their population decline:
The Grey snake has fairly mild venom that is unlikely to cause human fatalities.
However, their venom contains procoagulants and can cause local pain and swelling.
All snake bites should be treated as a medical emergency:
It is important to remember, snakes will never go out of their way to attack you. The best way to avoid a snake bite is to refrain from approaching, capturing, or killing any snakes at home or in the wild. If you need a snake relocated from your property, contact a professional snake catcher.
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