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SnakeSuta dwyeri

1 Dwyer's Black-headed Snake at Wamboin, NSW

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Suta dwyeri at Wamboin, NSW - 16 Nov 2010
Suta dwyeri at Wamboin, NSW - 16 Nov 2010

Identification history

Snake Suta dwyeri 5 Jul 2017 wombey
Snake Suta dwyeri 5 Jul 2017 wombey
Snake Suta flagellum 1 Jul 2017 Varanus

Author's notes

Located under a bucket that had been sitting for some time in a vegetable garden.

7 comments

wombey wrote:
   2 Jul 2017
I am less confident with this one as the images do not show a clear enough head shot. There seems to be black on the head where no black should be. Once again a mid body scale count would have been helpful. I stand corrected that this may be dwyeri ?
WillO wrote:
   2 Jul 2017
I agree with wombey - the body scale pattern and black head that includes the snout looks very like dwyeri. Good to get this record and the other one that was S. flagellum. well done.
Varanus wrote:
   2 Jul 2017
Thanks, John & Will. I went back to the original photo and expanded it fully. I accept your identification fully - it annoys me so greatly that for nearly 7 years I have had it entered into my collection misidentified. Still, I have identified two other sightings locally, one 500m west of me (the other Suta flagellum I submitted) and the other 2.300m SE of here which were both subsequently confirmed as correct by prof. herpetologists, so I know its around! Out come the roof tiles this year - I WILL find it!
WillO wrote:
   3 Jul 2017
Varanus I am interested to know approx how far your Little Whip Snake (flagellum) record is from open naturally grassy country. I have see this species at a few sites now (usually on granite or basalt) but at locations that were naturally treeless grasslands (near lake George and down on the Monaro). We have often wondered if the two species compete, with dwyeri keeping flagellum out of the drier hilly country. Also was your record on Ordivician sedimentary material (e.g. shale and mudstone)? This is really improving our understanding of the regional distribution of S. flagellum. Thanks WillO
Varanus wrote:
   3 Jul 2017
WillO - The site is situated on the Cullarin Block west of Weereewa (Lake George). There are two main soil landscapes in our area (Bywong and Macannally Mountain) according to Soil Landscapes of Canberra 1:100,000 sheet published by Land & Water Resources in 2000. Both are Ordovician meta-sediment areas, with similar vegetation types (open forest to woodland dependant on elevation). According to the current mapping of areas of pre-european native grasslands supplied by OEH some years ago, there are some smaller areas of grassland, one to the west, one to the east. and one to the south. The siting confirmed as Suta flagellum is 1.3km from the southern area, and 2.6km from the western area. However, this area was cleared from the 1930's through to the 1950's, and allowed to regenerate to local native grasses, with some small areas sown to Phalaris on creeksides and lower flat areas. This created open grassy areas through areas of former open forest where the animal may have been able to inhabit more easily. I hope this makes sense but am prepared to come in and meet with you to better explain the situation if you want, or you are welcome to see the sites out here for yourself. Rather than try to type it all out, you can ring me on 0427488845
wombey wrote:
   5 Jul 2017
Given WillO's comments I have taken the tentative step of changing this record to dwyeri.
Varanus wrote:
   5 Jul 2017
Wombey, it does not need to be tentative (see my comment above dated 2 July above). I fully agree with your and WillO's identification as Suta dwyeri. Cheers.

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Notechis scutatus (Common Tiger Snake) at Wamboin, NSW - 26 Jan 2019
Isopeda sp.(genus) (Huntsman Spider) at Wamboin, NSW - 25 Nov 2018
Amphibolurus muricatus (Jacky Dragon) at Wamboin, NSW - 22 Nov 2018
Tachyglossus aculeatus (Short-beaked Echidna) at Wamboin, NSW - 25 Oct 2018
Xerochrysum viscosum (Sticky everlasting) at Wamboin, NSW - 22 Nov 2017
Stylidium graminifolium (Grass Triggerplant) at Wamboin, NSW - 22 Nov 2017
Hypericum gramineum (Small St Johns Wort) at Wamboin, NSW - 22 Nov 2017
Cassinia longifolia (Shiny Cassinia, Cauliflower Bush) at Wamboin, NSW - 22 Nov 2017
Isotoma fluviatilis subsp. australis (Swamp Isotome) at Wamboin, NSW - 20 Nov 2017
Acantholophus echinatus (Spiny ground weevil) at Wamboin, NSW - 10 Nov 2017
Musgraveia sulciventris (Bronze Orange Bug) at Wamboin, NSW - 10 Nov 2017
Caedicia simplex (Common Garden Katydid) at Wamboin, NSW - 10 Nov 2017
Badumna insignis (Black House Spider) at Wamboin, NSW - 10 Nov 2017
Varanus rosenbergi (Rosenberg's Monitor) at Wamboin, NSW - 1 Nov 2017
Notechis scutatus (Common Tiger Snake) at Wamboin, NSW - 31 Oct 2017
Diuris sulphurea (Tiger orchid) at Wamboin, NSW - 28 Oct 2017
Hibbertia obtusifolia (Grey Guinea-flower) at Wamboin, NSW - 28 Oct 2017
Microseris walteri (Murnong, Yam Daisy) at Wamboin, NSW - 28 Oct 2017
Brachyloma daphnoides (Daphne Heath) at Wamboin, NSW - 28 Oct 2017
Macropus rufogriseus (Red-necked Wallaby) at Wamboin, NSW - 28 Oct 2017
Notechis scutatus (Common Tiger Snake) at Wamboin, NSW - 19 Oct 2017
Amphibolurus muricatus (Jacky Dragon) at Wamboin, NSW - 10 Oct 2017
Limnodynastes dumerilii (Eastern Banjo Frog) at Wamboin, NSW - 3 Oct 2017
Tiliqua nigrolutea (Blotched Blue-tongue) at Wamboin, NSW - 17 Dec 2016
Varanus rosenbergi (Rosenberg's Monitor) at Wamboin, NSW - 11 Dec 2016
Triptilodiscus pygmaeus (Annual Daisy) at Wamboin, NSW - 29 Oct 2015
Kunzea parvifolia (Violet kunzea) at Wamboin, NSW - 28 Oct 2015
Melichrus urceolatus (Urn heath) at Wamboin, NSW - 24 Jul 2014
Varanus rosenbergi (Rosenberg's Monitor) at Wamboin, NSW - 15 Nov 2012
Limnodynastes dumerilii (Eastern Banjo Frog) at Wamboin, NSW - 5 Nov 2012
Alisterus scapularis (Australian King-Parrot) at Wamboin, NSW - 29 Aug 2012
Nyctophilus geoffroyi (Lesser Long-eared Bat) at Wamboin, NSW - 10 Jun 2012
Varanus rosenbergi (Rosenberg's Monitor) at Wamboin, NSW - 12 Nov 2010
Tiliqua rugosa (Shingleback) at Wamboin, NSW - 12 Oct 2010
Tachyglossus aculeatus (Short-beaked Echidna) at Wamboin, NSW - 4 Jan 2010
Varanus rosenbergi (Rosenberg's Monitor) at Wamboin, NSW - 6 Dec 2008
Varanus rosenbergi (Rosenberg's Monitor) at Wamboin, NSW - 30 Nov 2008
Anthochaera carunculata (Red Wattlebird) at Wamboin, NSW - 4 Nov 2008

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Location

Location information

  • Coordinates 149.331780-35.209860
  • Altitude 840.0m
  • Places Wamboin, NSW

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 16 Nov 2010 1:51 PM Recorded on
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