identify this snake please

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  1. Simon1

    Simon1 Not so new Member

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    Hi guys,

    a mate of mine sent me this picture yesterday. He found it in his back yard of his new house after whipper snipping, unfortunaltey he killed it with the whipper snipper.

    Does anyone know what breed it is ?
    Cheers
    Simon
     

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    ssssnakeman Almost Legendary

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    Marsh snake maybe?
     
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    snakeynewbie Well-Known Member

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    Is that gold on its head and in a stripe over its eye or is just the grass/reflection

    Marshies are certainly pretty snakes
     
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    Species name: Marsh Snake (Hemiaspis signata)

    Other Common names: Black-bellied Swamp Snake, Swamp Snake and Grass Snake.

    Significance to Humans: Mildly venomous.
    Bites from this species have been known to cause severe local symptoms such as pain & swelling, with more general reactions such as headaches and nausea also recorded. All bites should still be treated immediately and attended to with correct first aid.

    General description: Fairly uniform brown, olive or black above with dark grey or black belly surface. Two prominent narrow pale-yellowish stripes on each side of face, one running from snout, through eye and onto neck area, & one below eye running from snout to corner of mouth. In juveniles the head is often darker than the body. Scales smooth.
    Midbody scales at 17 rows.

    Average Length: 50cm with occasional specimens nearing 70cm.

    Habitat in SE Qld: Rainforest & moist well-vegetated areas such as wet sclerophyll forest, margins of creeks, dams, wetlands & low-lying seasonally flooded areas.

    General Habits: Diurnal, although may also be active at night in hot weather. Shelters under rocks, sheets of bark and thick debris.

    Diet: Small frogs and lizards

    Local distribution: Found in a “moister” suburbs usually with riparian habitats nearby.

    Around the home: May be found in damp or moist gardens under timber, sheets of iron & foraging amongst thick vegetation
     
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    It's a Marsh Snake
     
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    Simon1 Not so new Member

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    Thanks for the quick replies, I will let my mate know. He told me this morning he didn't kill it was still alive and put it back in the backyard where he found it.

    Thank god he wasn't one of these people that just kill them cause its a snake.

    Simon
     
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    +1 on Hemiaspis signata.
     
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    Marsh snake
     
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