Yellow-Faced Whip Snake

Yellow-Faced Whip Snake

Is It Dangerous?

The Yellow-Faced Whip Snake is an Australian species of Elapid which is mildly venomous. The venom the Whip Snake possesses is not considered dangerous to people, however will cause intense local pain and swelling and will require medical attention.

Where Would You Find It?

Yellow-faced Whip Snakes are most at home in wooded areas and open forests. They are frequently encountered in gardens and can find their way into homes during foraging efforts.

How Do They Behave?

Whip Snakes are often described as being flighty and timid. They are diurnal, meaning they are active during the day, and boy can we not overstate ‘active’. Whip Snakes are the fitness freaks of the Snake world, constantly on the move foraging for food and remaining constantly alert. When provoked, they will flee at speed to nearby cover and will only bite as a last resort.

What Does It Eat?

Whip Snakes are quintessential reptile hunters. Their favourite food is lizards and in particular skinks, but they will also eat frogs and even other snakes! They are built for speed which makes hunting their preferred prey easier.

How Big Do They Get?

Hatchling Whip Snakes are a tiny 17cm from snout to tail but adults can grow to 1m long. They are most frequently encountered around 80cm however.

How Common Are They?

Whip Snakes are very common in South East Queensland especially in forested areas. This coupled with the fact the Whip Snake loves to forage and explore, makes it a very frequently encountered Snake in South East Queensland.

What Are Its Similar Species?

The Yellow-Faced Whip Snake is a relatively identifiable Snake due to the iridescent pink tinge near its head, large eyes and white scalation surrounding its eye. It appears ostensibly similar to a Green Tree Snake or an Eastern Brown however can usually be positively identified due to its distinct aforementioned traits. It may also appear similar to other Whip Snakes, however the Yellow-Faced Whip Snake is by far the most common Whip Snake species in south-east Queensland.

Did You Know?

  • Yellow-Faced Whip Snakes can eat eggs of other snakes!
  • Yellow-Faced Whip Snakes often congregate communally, with some instances reported where over 10 individuals are found in one place.
  • The Whip Snakes large eyes allow it to have fantastic vision, key when chasing fast moving prey like Lizards.
  • Yellow-Faced Whip Snakes occur all over Australia except in Tasmania.
  • Whip Snakes eyes are the largest in proportion to their body of any Australian Snake!

A Snake Catchers Story…

‘A Yellow-Faced Whip Snake was actually the first venomous snake I officially caught on the job! He was sleeping under a rock at an equestrian centre, and thankfully was very sleepy when I bagged him. I had no idea just how fast they were until I released him into nearby bushland, gone in a flash! They are, in my opinion, the prettiest Snake in South East Queensland.’