Yellow-faced whip snake Demansia psammophis

Warning: Venomous/large specimens potentially

The yellow-faced whip snake has a dark yellow-edged bar around the front of the nose and a dark comma-shaped streak from the eye to the mouth. Whip snakes are slender with whip-like tails. They are active during the day, very agile and usually escape quickly when disturbed. This species can be found throughout Brisbane. It can grow to an average length of 0.8m.

The yellow-faced whip snake (Demansia psammophis) is a species of venomous snake in the family Elapidae, a family containing many dangerous snakes.


D. psammophis is a long thin snake with a narrow head. Dorsally, it is greyish green to grayish blue in colour. Below the eye is a black "comma"-like marking which extends to the edge of the lip; this black marking is edged with yellow in front and behind. A white-edged dark line is seen across the snout, especially in juveniles.

Average total length (including tail) is 80 cm (31 in), maximum 1.2 m (47 in). Hatchlings are 20 cm (7.9 in) long.

Distribution and habitat

D. psammophis is endemic to Australia.


Although not an aggressive species, the bite of D. psammophis is to be avoided, as extreme pain will affect the bitten limb.


D. psammophis is a lizard eating specialist, and it is common throughout its range.