Golden Crowned Snake


Is It Dangerous?

The Golden Crowned Snake is a venomous species of Snake however, like all Crowned Snake species, is has small fangs and the venom is weak. The Golden Crowned Snake will strike repeatedly at attackers, but will rarely do so with an open mouth. This is more to intimidate than envenomate. It is however the most dangerous of the Crowned Snake family.

Where Would You Find It?

The Golden Crowned Snake is a subterranean dweller, like its other Crowned Snake counterparts. It spends the majority of its time under leaf litter and organic debris. It is often times found in pools after floods, outdoor areas of a night time and when gardening or doing yard work.

How Do They Behave?

Golden Crowned Snakes are a nocturnal species that spend their time below ground. Golden Crowns are very secretive and elusive, preferring to remain out of sight. When threatened, the Golden Crowned Snake will feint biting to scare the attacker. Golden Crowns are very at home sheltering and hunting under rocks aswell as leaves.

What Does It Eat?

Golden Crowned Snakes, like other Crowned Snakes, mainly prey upon Lizards and in particular Skinks. They will also readily eat frogs and tadpoles, aswell of eggs from these species.

How Big Do They Get?

Golden Crowned Snakes are the largest of the Crowned Snake species, growing to just shy of 1m but much more commonly encountered at the 40-60cm range.

How Common Are They?

Golden Crowned Snakes are considered common Snakes in South East Queensland. Despite this, they are scarcely encountered due to their highly elusive nature and proclivity for nocturnal behaviour. They may be spotted in the yard of a night, and are frequently dragged inside by pets. They are listed as ‘Least Concern’ by the IUCN.

What Are Its Similar Species?

Golden Crowned Snakes look similar to other Crowned Snake species, and should its crown be missed, it could also look like a Marsh Snake, Red Belly, Small Eye or juvenile Eastern Brown.

Did You Know?

  • The Golden Crowned Snake is the largest of the Crowned Snake family!
  • The Golden Crowned Snake will rear into an ‘S’ shape in order to resemble a Brown Snake to scare off attackers.
  • Unlike the other Crowned Snakes, the Golden Crowned Snakes ‘Crown’ does not actually meet in the middle, resembling more closely a tiara.
  • Of the three crowned Snake species, the Golden Crown is the rarest in South East Queensland.
  • Like other Crowned Snakes, the Golden Crowned Snake is only found along the East Coast.

A Snake Catchers Story…

“I had been called out to a farm which had spotted a Snake under a rock. The rock had been lifted as landscaping work was being done, but it was promptly put back in place. When I moved the rock I was very excited to find a Golden Crowned Snake. It’s not often we get to see them so this was exciting! The Snake did its standard show, rearing up and trying to head-butt, but it was all for show. Ultimately its bluff failed, the Snake was bagged and relocated under some timber offsite.”