Snake Catcher Brisbane

Grey Snake

Species Profile

Grey Snake

Hemiaspis damelii
Other common names: 
None known

Significance to Humans:

Mildly Venomous

Bites from this species are poorly recorded with the only significant occurrence involving the death of a dog. All bites should still be treated immediately and attended to with correct first aid.

General Description:

Uniform olive to grey above, with scales tipped black anteriorly especially on the flanks (dorso-laterally). An indicative dark stripe is common place behind the head but may occasionally be faint or absent. Ventral surfaces are generally white to cream, with occasional dark grey flecking.

Average Length:

45-50 cm with a maximum length around 60 cm.

Habitat in SE Qld:

Favours woodlands especially eucalypt communities, usually on heavier, cracking clay soils prone to seasonal inundation. Particularly associated with water bodies or naturally occurring drainage features.

General habits:

Generally nocturnal to crepuscular but has been seen active foraging in ground crevices during the early morning.


Frogs appear the main dietary component with skinks also included.

Local distribution:

Recorded throughout suitable habitat in the Lockyer and Esk Valleys extending west throughout the Darling Downs.

Around the home:

The habitat preference of this species would see it occur mainly within rural properties containing favoured localities. Only one known capture within a home on the Lockyer Valley.

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