AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS AND INFORMATION
Covering Australian Snakes and Lizards, Crocodiles and Turtles
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RETICULATED WHIP SNAKES
(There are 2 currently recognised subspecies of Demansia reticulata)
DESERT WHIP SNAKE
Demansia reticulata reticulata
(Previously known as Demansia psammophis reticulata)
(western SA, southern NT and most of WA)
COPPER-TAILED WHIP SNAKE
Demansia reticulata cupreiceps
(Previously known as Demansia psammophis cupreiceps )
(South-western WA - including Perth region)
- Although bites from this snake may cause swelling and other symptoms, they are not normally considered life threatening. However it would be advisable to get medical advice. This is not an aggressive species, it avoids contact with humans, but is likely to bite if handled or trodden on.
This large Copper-tailed whip snake Demansia reticulata cupreiceps was found under a sheet of corrugated iron near Cocklebiddy in South-eastern WA .
Approximate distribution of the Reticulated whip snake Demansia reticulata and Yellow Faced Whip Snake Demansia psammophis, (these two species were both considered to be Demansia psammophis in the past)
Yellow Faced Whip Snakes from NT WA and West of Port Augusta/Flinders Ranges previously known as Demansia psammophis reticulata are now classified as Demansia reticulata
Copper-tailed whip snake Demansia reticulata cupreiceps
Notice the unusual comma like eye markings normally found on these species which also have as stripe across the front of their nose.
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Updated February 18, 2019