Bandy-bandy on dirt and leavesWhat 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 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.

Scientific name: Vermicella annulata

Size: 800mm

Alternative name: Eastern Bandy-Bandy

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