New snake found by tour guide

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

A RARE snake that has only just been dis­cov­ered in Cape York has been spot­ted by a far north Queens­land tour guide.

Brian Ross re­ceived con­fir­ma­tion this week that a black and white striped snake he found with a group near Ba­m­aga in Au­gust was the new­est species of snake dis­cov­ered in Aus­tralia, the Bandy-Bandy.

The ven­omous, bur­row­ing species was only just sci­en­tif­i­cally de­scribed in July, af­ter it was found at Weipa.

Mr Ross, who had a DNA anal­y­sis car­ried out at James Cook Univer­sity in Townsville, said he was sur­prised to see the dis­tinc­tive rep­tile on a dirt road.

“I was … keep­ing an eye out for any­thing that looked like this snake and as soon I saw it on the road … I in­stantly knew what it was,” he said. “I took it on the bus, and I was like ‘guys, you know about how in the news­pa­per we read about this new species that they had just de­scribed, I think we’ve just found a new spec­i­men of it’.”

He said JCU con­firmed that the snake was one of two in­tact spec­i­mens found in Aus­tralia.

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