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 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.