The Broad-headed Snake is black above with numerous bright yellow scales forming a series of irregular, narrow cross-bands. The belly is grey to grey-black, sometimes with yellow blotches. The head also has yellow blotches and the labials are barred yellow. It grows to a maximum length of 90 cm, however its average length is 60 cm.
Broad-headed Snake |
Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Hoplocephalus bungaroides
The main potential threats to the broad headed snake include habitat disturbance by feral goats (Capra hircus) (OEH; 2012). predation by European red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) and cats (Felis catus) (NSW NPWS; 1999). vehicle strike (OEH; 2012). intentional and unintentional killing of snakes during bush rock collection and other activities (OEH; 2012). the loss of habitat caused by climate change (Penman et al.; 2010). illegal collection (Webb et al.; 2002).