What snake is this.

Submitted: Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 11:20

Member - graeme W (WA)

Image Could Not Be FoundImage Could Not Be FoundTry again seems the file set up does not link to android.Ben found this in his bath at exmouth and reased it unharmed.Wondering what species.
Cheers Graeme.
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Reply By: Kris and Kev - Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 11:57

Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 11:57
Looks like a Keelback. look at this site.

(I tried to use the Insert Link function, but it would not work.)

http://www.sciencentre.qm.qld.gov.au/Find+out+about/Animals+of+Queensland/Reptiles/Snakes/Common+and+dangerous+species/Freshwater+Snake+Keelback+Snake


We love them in Qld because they kill toads. They eat the tadpoles.


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Follow Up By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 12:22

Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 12:22
Yeah not sure. Keelbacks are not generally known in dry areas like Exmouth. Maybe a Rosens snake? See this link. What Snake is That? - Pilbara page

Nice looking little fellow though - good that you let him go.
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Follow Up By: web worker - Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 09:50

Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 09:50
I've attempted to display that link for you:
Freshwater Snake (Queensland Museum)

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Reply By: member - mazcan - Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 12:16

Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 12:16
hi graham
i would say dugite as they come i have seen many different shades and colors across wa
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 13:40

Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 13:40
Hi

Dugites dont occur that far north...but the closely related Gwardar (Pseudonja nuchalis) does and thats exactly what a looks like.

So thats my call a Gwarda (also known as the Western Brown Snake).

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Greg

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Follow Up By: get outmore - Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 17:23

Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 17:23
my first thought was definitly dugite as the coloration fits but as you say they occur in the SW more or less bounded by the wheatbelt

gwarders are very variable in color and often have black or darker heads but as i said they are very variable

I would be 90% sure either way it is a highly venomous brown snake of either type
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 17:24

Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 17:24
gotta say location aside after a second look it soooo resembles a dugite whos common name includes specled brown
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 18:06

Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 18:06
...Yes but typically the "specles" on a dugite are random (if present at all) and more often that not don't form the symetrical pattern as seen here (though there are exceptions)...so wouldnt call it a dugite (based on photos alone) even if the picture was taken within the dugites range (Gwardars are found further south and extend into dugites range..dugites are not found in Exmouth).

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Reply By: Motherhen - Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 17:35

Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 17:35
What was the scale pattern under the tail Graeme? If the scales are divided (in pairs) from the anal vent onwards, it will be a Gwardar - the cousin of the dugite of the south west which has the divided scales under the tail also. I am more familiar with the dugite because of where i live, but did see Gwardars when we lived in the wheat belt. I am glad it is you not me handling him :O

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