New snake found by tour guide
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.