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Bandy Bandy

Vermicella annulata


Nocturnal, burrowing species. Rarely encountered. Feeds exclusively on blind snakes (Typhlopidae). The Bandy Bandy, Vermicella annulata, is instantly identifiable by the alternate black and white bands around the body. The mid-body scales are in 15 rows, the anal scale is divided and there are 10-30 divided subcaudal scales. Maximum length attained is a little over 60 cm.


Quiet, small urban area with rainforest and open grassland habitat.


I spotted this gorgeous snake crossing my street. I watched it for a few minutes to make sure it got across the road unharmed and it was on its way! This is only the second time i've come across one of these rarely seen beauties.

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Archer 07
Archer 07 7 years ago

The markings on this snake look a lot like the California King Snake that is in my area. Beautiful animal, nice find.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Ahh wonderful spotting. These are becoming scarce. They depend almost exclusively on following the trails of Typhlopidae (blind snakes) and eating them. Probably habitat loss is causing their numbers to dwindle. Envy!! Congrats.

LeanneGardner 7 years ago

Fantastic find Alice! You lucky duck.

AliceGreenup 7 years ago

Still just as beautiful as colour :)

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 years ago

From the time when snakes came in black and white only...

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Nunderi, New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Oct 6, 2015
Submitted on Oct 6, 2015

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