Stephens-banded snake

Hoplocephalus stephensii

Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable

Stephens’ Banded Snake may be found in and around eucalypt forests, rainforest and rocky areas along the coast and ranges from Southern Queensland to Gosford in NSW.

It is brown or yellow-brown above, with a series of irregular, broad, dark cross bands, the head is black with a brown crown and a brown or cream patch on either side of the nape and the lips are barred with black and cream.

Stephens’ Banded Snake is a climbing and at times, tree-dwelling snake. It is fairly small growing up to one meter long. It is nocturnal and hunts frogs, small birds and mammals as well as lizards at night.

Reference NSW OEH