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LITTLE WHIP SNAKE
Parasuta flagellum
(was Suta flagellum & Rhinoplocephalus flagellum)

Venomous - normally considered harmless - and although one death has occurred after a bite of this species, there were other complications involved.
However dangerous species may be mistaken for this species!

Little Whip Snake Parasuta flagellum
This Little Whip Snake Parasuta flagellum was found under a small rock at Ballarat, Victoria where a similar sized baby Brown snake was also hiding. Notice the fat tail often seen on this species.

Little Whip Snake Parasuta flagellum
This Little Whip Snake Parasuta flagellum was photographed near Nairne, South Australia

Little Whip Snake Parasuta flagellum
This Little Whip Snake Parasuta flagellum was photographed near Nairne, South Australia

LITTLE WHIP SNAKE Parasuta flagellum  
Notice the fat tail often seen on Little Whip Snakes Parasuta flagellum.

LITTLE WHIP SNAKE Parasuta flagellum map
Notice that I have not been able to find any records of Little Whip Snakes Parasuta flagellum occurring in Canberra, ACT however they have been found close to the ACT border and are likely to occur there.

LITTLE WHIP SNAKE Parasuta flagellum
Little Whip Snake Parasuta flagellum

This small mildly venomous snake is generally considered to be harmless - note that I have been bitten by little whip snakes a couple of times (with only minor discomfort), however someone did die after a bite from this species once, but apparently the person had other health problems which contributed to his death.

Note that in the Adelaide area this species is easily confused with the Spectacled Hooded Snake Parasuta spectabilis which is also found close to the city and looks extremely similar. The Little Whip Snake Parasuta flagellum tends to be in the Mt Lofty Ranges and Adelaide Hills particularly south and east of the city whereas the Spectacled Hooded Snake Parasuta spectabilis tends to be on the coastal plains and hills to the North West of the City and north of the Adelaide area. The Little Whip Snake Parasuta flagellum sometimes has a fat tail (sexual dimorphism?) and appears to have a more consistent head marking.


SIMILAR SPECIES

 

COMMON NAME (INTERNAL LINK)

SCIENTIFIC NAME
(EXTERNAL LINK)

DISTRIBUTION

Gould's Hooded Snake

Parasuta (was Suta & Rhinoplocephalus) gouldii

WA

Monk Snake or Hooded Snake

Parasuta (was Suta & Rhinoplocephalus) monachus

NSW, NT, SA, WA

Mallee Black-backed Snake

Parasuta (was Suta & Rhinoplocephalus) nigriceps

NSW, SA, Vic, WA

Spectacled Hooded Snake

Parasuta (was Suta & Rhinoplocephalus) spectabilis

NSW, Qld, SA, Vic, WA

Dwyer's Snake

Parasuta (was Suta & Rhinoplocephalus) dwyeri

NSW, Qld

 

EXTERNAL LINKS

Little whip snake
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