Bandy bandi bandi

I haven’t developed a tic, just an admiration for this lovely snake, the bandi bandi (Vermicella annulata). This photo was taken on a November 2011 (spring) evening by a neighbour on his property.

Bandi bandi; photo by Greg Spencer

Bandi bandis are small and grow to about 60 cm (this one is full-grown) and come out at night to feed, apparently exclusively, on blind snakes (family Typhlopidae). During the day they hide under logs or in burrows. Though venomous, they are harmless to humans. They are found throughout eastern Australia, rarely seen but not considered endangered, so I’m looking forward to one day seeing such a charmer for myself. Thanks, Greg, for the photo.

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3 Responses to Bandy bandi bandi

  1. Denis Wilson says:

    Never seen one of these, but have always loved the look of them.
    Many famous photos in wildlife books – from when i was a kid.

  2. Jess says:

    We seen one the other day on the driveway. I thought they were dangerous. So can they bite at all? I like snakes and want to learn to pick them up with out freaking out and having to hold the head so it doesn’t bite! I know pythons aren’t venomous but have heard they still hurt like hell when they bite??
    Any suggestions?

    • Joy Window says:

      Hi Jess,
      I’m glad you are interested in snakes. They are fantastic animals.
      Bandi bandis have venom glands but do not produce much. One reported bite resulted in “moderately severe local symptoms” – whatever that means. They are not considered dangerous to humans. It’s best to give them respect and leave them alone as they get freaked out by people, who are hundreds of times their size. All snakes are protected by law and we all should just let them get on with their business. (There are big fines if we hurt a snake and we need a licence to keep them.) If you want to learn how to handle snakes safely (for the snake’s safety as well as yours), you should get in contact with your local WIRES or native animal care organisation (Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers or WIRES in the Northern Rivers) as they do snake workshops where you can learn about them and learn to handle them. I did one of their workshops, and it was a lot of fun.
      Any snake will hurt like hell if it bites – it is freaked out, so that’s natural. You’d do the same, wouldn’t you!

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