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August 18, 2020

Short nosed snake

When exploring swamps in the south-west, keep your eyes out for the Short-nosed Snake, Elapognathus minor.

The Short-nosed snake is a small, harmless snake growing up to just under half a metre long. It is most likely to be seen on warm mornings, coiled up close to the edge of a clump of reeds or a bundle of sticks. It is grey with a yellow to orange belly, with an indistinct 'crown' on the nape.

They look similar to the more common Tiger snake but are a lot smaller and also a lighter shade of grey, unlike the glossy black of the Tiger snake. They are thought to eat small frogs and skinks, but not much is known about them, because they are rare and secretive. This snake is currently endangered. It is not thought to be dangerous, but since it is not at all inclined to bite, there have not been many bites to support that.

When threatened, the Short-nosed snake will retreat into the reeds and be gone very quickly. However, if harassed, they may rear themselves into an s-shape, bending their head and mock-striking furiously.
They are endemic to the south-western corner of WA, and a real treasure to have in the area.

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