Finke Gorge National Park

Finke Gorge NP | Boggy Hole | Palm Valley | Fauna | Flora

The Yellow-faced Whip Snake (Demansia psammophis cuprieceps) is olive green to olive with each scale broadly dark-edged, forming prominent reticulum. The head, anterior body and tail has an orange to copper colouration.

Distribution is found from Western Australia, southern parts of the Northern Territory, South Australia, central and northern parts of New South Wales, up through and near the coastal region of Queensland.

Is considered dangerous to a degree, the bite will produce a painful local reaction, and in most cases make you feel sick to very sick. If you are allergic may be fatal.

The following images were from Palm Valley, after some good rainfall.



  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Squamata
  • Suborder: Serpentes
  • Family: Elapidae
  • Genus: Demansia
  • Species: D. psammophis
  • Sub-species: D. p. cuprieceps
  • Binomial name: Demansia psammophis cuprieceps