Snake identification

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    matty-jungle Not so new Member

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    Hey guys I was bush walking near campbelltown south west of sydney today. And I come across a small brown snake about 40cm long and had pale yellow markings under it's eyes and towards his neck. Just wondering if anyone could tell me what it was. Sorry I don't have a photo. Thanks
     
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    One possible snake in my opinion could be yellow faced whip snake.
     
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    Yeah that's what I was thinking, but then I started thinking it could have been a marsh snake
     
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    Did it have big googly eyes with a bit of yellow around them or normal looking eyes with yellowish/whitish lines going back from them?
     
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    Marsh snakes are usually a lot heavier in the body and with a much thicker tail than whips
     
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    It had normal eyes, with the white/yellow lines coming back from them. It wasn't aggressive at all either
     
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    Sounds more like a marsh snake but without a pic it's only a guess. I'm no expert on I.D's either.
     
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    Was it a single unbroken line or two very close together?

    Based on your description these are my top 3 guesses:

    Marsh Snake Hemiaspis signata
    Marsh snake (Hemiaspis signata) at the Australian Reptile Online Database | AROD.com.au

    Yellow-faced Whip Snake: Demansia psammophis
    Yellow-faced whipsnake (Demansia psammophis) at the Australian Reptile Online Database | AROD.com.au

    Cacophis Species:
    AROD > Reptiles / Squamata / Elapidae / Cacophis | AROD.com.au
     
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    By looking at them photos, I would say it was a marsh snake only being because I didn't notice the larger googly eyes. And I didn't get the best look at it. Either way it was great seeing such an awesome creature in the wild. Snakes are amazing
     
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    i removed a marsh snake from a property in that area recently and released it back to the bush close by. they are apparently common in that area.
     
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