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Bandy-bandy

A Bandy-bandy slithering on ground
A Bandy-bandy on ground in defensive posture

In characteristic defensive posture

Scientific Name: Vermicella annulata

Size: 800 mm

What does it look like?

The Bandy-bandy has alternating black-and-white cross-bands wrapping completely around body, with up to 75 black rings evident. Snout black, eyes small, and tail short and blunt. Does not overlap in range with any other members of the genus, all of which have similar colour patterns.

Where is it found?

Widespread through eastern and far northern Australia, from central northern NT, northern and eastern Qld, NSW, northern Vic and south-eastern SA.

What are its habitats & habits?

Occurs in range of habitats from wet coastal rainforest to sandy spinifex desert, where it can be found sheltering under rocks and logs. Nocturnal and fossorial. Presumed to feed exclusively on blind snakes, some as large as itself, and able to go for extended periods without food or water. Oviparous, laying 2–13 eggs in a clutch. Venomous, but not considered dangerous. When threatened, loops parts of body high off the ground.

Interesting facts

Alternative name: Eastern Bandy-bandy

Australia is a beautiful and rugged country where you may encounter potentially dangerous wildlife, stinging plants, expansive remote areas and temperatures that can create major health issues. There are several ways you can ensure your safety while visiting Australia’s wild places. Find out more how how to stay safe and enjoy your holiday here.

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Australia is a beautiful and rugged country where you may encounter potentially dangerous wildlife, stinging plants, expansive remote areas and temperatures that can create major health issues. There are several ways you can ensure your safety while visiting Australia’s wild places. Find out more how how to stay safe and enjoy your holiday here.

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A Naturalist's Guide to the Reptiles of Australia (2nd Edition) cover

This species features in my book A Naturalist’s Guide to the Reptiles of Australia

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