Last weekend I came across an unwelcome visitor – of the slithery kind.
I had my camera on me and was walking in my yard when I heard the rustle of dead leaves nearby. I went closer to take a look and got a bit of a shock to see this –
This is a Yellow Faced Whip Snake. This one was about 30cm or so in length, but they can grow up to a metre long. These snakes are common throughout most of mainland Australia and are venomous but not deadly, and the bite is apparently very painful. They are a very fast moving snake. They eat frogs and lizards and can catch a lizard on the run. This was the first snake of its kind that I’ve seen, and I hope I don’t see another one anytime soon!
I have to admit, I’m not a fan of snakes, so I kept my distance, especially as I didn’t know what type of snake it was at the time. The quality of these photos isn’t that great because I used a zoom on my camera since I didn’t want to get too close. On these couple of close up shots you can see the different colours it has. They are generally a grey-brown colour with a red tinge near the head and a grey-green-yellow-olive tinge to its body.
Thanks for looking. 🙂