Curl snake Facts

Curl snake Facts
Curl snake, also known as myall snake is venomous snake that belongs to the elapid family. It can be found in eastern and central parts of Australia. Curl snake prefers arid areas and usually inhabits woodlands, grasslands and scrublands. It avoids wet, coastal areas. Curl snake is numerous in all parts of its native range, except in the Victoria, where it is listed as vulnerable (it can become endangered in the near future). Habitat destruction is the major factor which negative affects survival of curl snakes in the wild.
Interesting Curl snake Facts:
Curl snake is small snake that can reach from 16 to 24 inches in length.
Curl snake has brownish or reddish body. Head is usually brown or black-colored, much darker than the rest of the body. Ventral side of the body is creamy or white in color. Two, dark strips stretch from the eyes to the tip of the snout.
Curl snake has reticulated pattern on dorsal side of the body thanks to dark-colored edges of the vertebral scales.
Curl snake can be easily confused with Ord curl snake due to similar color and size of the body of these two genetically related types of snakes.
Curl snake has broad, flattened head and small, orange-colored eyes. It has strong body covered with smooth scales.
Curl snake is terrestrial animal (adapted to the life on the ground).
Curl snake is nocturnal animal (active during the night).
Curl snake hides under the piles of rocks, leaf litter and logs or inside the cracks in the soil during the day.
Curl snake is a carnivore (meat-eater). Its diet is based on geckoes, legless lizards, skinks, dragons, snakes, frogs and small mammals. Mammals represent only 1/5 of snake's diet.
Curl snake uses hollow, fixed fangs to deliver venom into the prey. Venom of curl snake induces fast degradation of the nervous tissue of small animals (it belongs to the group of neurotoxins). Curl snake uses the venom to catch the prey and to protect itself against the predators.
Bite of curl snake can be dangerous for humans (especially for the small children). Injured person should seek medical attention immediately after the bite.
Name "curl snake" refers to the habit of this snake to coil its body whenever it is threatened. Several loops protect the head, but do not prevent the snake to catapult itself toward the predator in the case of prolonged harassment.
Little is known about reproductive behavior of the curl snakes except that females give birth to 1 to 7 live snakes during the summer.
Hatchlings are 6 inches long at birth and they need to fend for themselves from the moment of birth.
Lifespan of curl snake is unknown.

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