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Unfortunately camera battery is flat and google isnt’ a help.
I’m assuming this is a snake cos it acted like one. About 20cm long, about as thick as a phone cable, so a tiny tiny little thing. It was glossy black and has white around the eyes. I’m in Gympie Qld.
Anyone have any idea what this gorgeous little snake is called? I imagine it would be like the daddy long legs – even if venomous, too small to even penetrate the skin.
It could be a legless lizard they look very snake like but are more satiny looking, more than once I’ve been startled by one in the garden.
Would it be a White-Crowned Snake?
I would admire but not trust anything snake like , however small.I knew of a young girl in the UK who was bittien by a tiny adder – yes, the UK does have a poisonous smnake-she was playing with and she was desperately ill.I don;t know if she survived.
could be legless lizard especially if lots of mulching going on, and lots of those little garden skinks their fave’ food. will tend to look more like lizard than snake and very shiny. also real close look you should see 2 stumps where back legs should be.
the crown snake though only tiny feints at standing up a bit to attack but then runs off, fangs too small to deliver enough venom.
but if in doubt walk away have a cuppa and when you return it will be gone.
like lizards the legless model can throw its tail as an escape mechanism
That white crowned snake does look a lot like it, and the description is pretty spot on too (it rose up off the ground and ‘attacked’. Can’t say for certain if it opened its mouth when it attacked though 😉 ).
Being a Qlder, I know to look and not touch. We wouldn’t have touched it except my cat was watching it with interest. I was fairly sure that even if it was venomous, it couldn’t do any damage to us, but wasn’t as confident the cat would get away with it.
It must have been just a baby 🙂
we encountered the same one twice while moving dry woody mulch each time her/he feigned to attack but i picked it up with shovel and moved it on never to be seen again. pretty little snake hey?
Yes, Len, totally agree. I thought it was very pretty!