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Baby Golden-crowned Snake

Cacophis squamulosus


My husband found this tiny baby Golden-crowned Snake, about 12cm long, in our backyard this afternoon. Golden-crowned Snakes are mildly venomous but are reluctant to bite. However, they will rear up in a bluff display of menace (as seen in shots 5 & 6). This one was very cute and I'm afraid we didn't find his threatening display scary at all!

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36 Comments (1–25)

LuisStevens 8 years ago

Great series!

ShannaB 8 years ago

Thanks Neil & Leuba - yep, this is the one! : )

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

That is a fantastic shot - he looks great and deserves to be in a book !

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 years ago

haha Is this the famous little guy? He might ask for book royalties :-/ Awesome series of this beautiful snake.

lori.tas 9 years ago

Great shots. I love finding baby snakes. Although finding a whole nest of several dozen can be a bit disturbing. We have a tiny little species here, called a White-lipped snake. It is similarly cute in it's attempts to look menacing.

Amazingly beautiful!!

TinaBaker 9 years ago

What a wonderful creature to have in your garden. That must have been an exciting find.

ShannaB 9 years ago

Thanks Mona and jcdlad (I'm so glad your students enjoyed it)!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 9 years ago

Very nice series and very handsome fella..

jcdlad 9 years ago

This is amazing! I am a school teacher and I have shared this with some of my students. They are also very impressed!

ShannaB 9 years ago

Thank you everyone!

RickBohler 9 years ago

Cool snake...great photography!

JenKnight 9 years ago

love the second photo especially, excellent detail of the facial markings - looks like lichen!

JenniferRoge 9 years ago


corallbrislen 9 years ago

So awesome! am off to Australia in a month or so. i hope i'll meet such wonderful creatures!

ShannaB 9 years ago

Thank you all. He was very accommodating, really. : )

Elsa 9 years ago

I know I've commented before but I have to say I just love this little snake! Such an AWESOME spotting!

MacChristiansen 9 years ago

Great series Shanna

LarryGraziano 9 years ago

Wonderful series! Lovely creature.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Wow great series :)

rebecca71003 9 years ago

that is beautiful thank you for sharing

ShannaB 9 years ago

Thank you everyone! Joshua, there is certainly a lot of strength in that tiny body!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

wow... amazing photos. that's incredible how it appears he can stretch out over half his body length.

TicThapanya 9 years ago

nice capture, beautiful snake

ShannaB 9 years ago

Thanks everyone! Anita, the snake was wrapped around my husband's finger so I got down very low and went in close with my camera. I actually took a lot of very awful shots in order to get these few good ones!

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Mount Coolum, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Apr 25, 2013
Submitted on Apr 25, 2013

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