Eastern Small-eyed Snake Cryptophis nigrescens by Normf

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The small-eyed snake, also called the eastern small-eyed snake, is widely distributed along the east coast of Australia, from Victoria to Cape York. This snake lives in wooded areas, where is hunts small reptiles or frogs at night. The body is slender and usually black or greyish-brown. The average length is around 0.5m, with a maximum of 1.2m. Small litters of 2 to 5 young are liveborn. Little is known of the toxicity of this snake’s venom, although illnesses have occurred, usually in snake handlers, and one fatality has been associated with a bite from this species. Myotoxicity is a feature of envenomation. The venom is neutralized by tiger snake antivenom.


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  • Rodney Wratten
    Rodney Wrattenover 4 years ago

    Hi Normf
    Great photo of this smallish snake you must have been fairly close to it, where did you find this one, not the sort of thing that I would look for. Brave man!! very nice photos,
    Cheers my friend,

  • Thanks Rodney, as you know we’ve been having some hot evenings lately so I went out at dusk actually looking for some nocturnal reptiles, we often have crown snakes, bandy bandy’s or swamp snakes (Geckos or legless lizards) moving around on hot evenings. I spotted this guy on a low stump on a nature strip near some long grass at Emerald Beach. First one I’ve seen in the flesh. Cool critter hey? He didn’t seem to notice me as I very carefully crept up to him for some shots. Must have sensed my excitement though as he finally decided to move off!

    – Normf

  • maxy
    maxyover 4 years ago

    Beautiful! I love the sheen on its skin and the way the light picks up color on the scales. He looks rather peaceful right now! Great catch! xx

  • Maxy thanks alot. Not every one loves a good snake shot. Appreciated!

    – Normf

  • maxy
    maxyover 4 years ago

    I grew up with a pet snake and always found them fascinating!

  • Yes it makes a differance if you don’t suffer the irrational fear of snake. They are really quite beautiful, I agree!

    – Normf

  • wayne51
    wayne51over 4 years ago

    Excellent shot Norm. Wayne

  • Edyta Magdalena Pelc
    Edyta Magdalen...over 4 years ago

    brrr but great shot!

  • Tainia Finlay
    Tainia Finlayover 4 years ago

    Your a very brave man Norm! Wonderful image, I used to live at Woolgoolga not far from you, never thought these were around!

  • Thanks Tainia, Apparently these are more common than people think but being small, shy and noctural means we don’t see them often!

    – Normf

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