Stephen’s Banded Snake

THREATENED SPECIES

Stephen’s Banded Snake is venomous, nocturnal and mostly arboreal, but will occasionally descend to the ground and may be seen crossing tracks at night, like this individual. They can be aggressive and will often exhibit a defensive posture and strike repeatedly with little provocation, but once the threat has passed will also readily move away. This species has a limited distribution in Queensland and is now generally restricted to intact rainforest and wet eucalypt forest.

Conondale Range, Queensland

Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF-S 60mm f2.8 macro USM, 1/125, f16, ISO 160, Speedlite (off shoe) + diffuser

Status: Stephen’s Banded Snake is listed as Rare in Queensland and Vulnerable in New South Wales

by Ben Nottidge, Queensland