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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 10 years ago

Great series!

ShannaB 10 years ago

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

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 10 years ago

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

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 10 years ago

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

lori.tas 10 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 10 years ago

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

ShannaB 10 years ago

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

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 10 years ago

Very nice series and very handsome fella..

jcdlad 10 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 10 years ago

Thank you everyone!

RickBohler 10 years ago

Cool snake...great photography!

JenKnight 10 years ago

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

JenniferRoge 10 years ago


corallbrislen 10 years ago

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

ShannaB 10 years ago

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

Elsa 10 years ago

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

MacChristiansen 10 years ago

Great series Shanna

LarryGraziano 10 years ago

Wonderful series! Lovely creature.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Wow great series :)

rebecca71003 10 years ago

that is beautiful thank you for sharing

ShannaB 11 years ago

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

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

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

TicThapanya 11 years ago

nice capture, beautiful snake

ShannaB 11 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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