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White-crowned Snake (Cacophis harriettae)



Species Action Statement

This species has been assigned to the Partnership species management stream under the Saving our Species program.

Justification for allocation to this management stream

Less than 10% of the species' total population occurs within NSW.

Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed

Management objectives

This action statement aims to secure critical populations of this species in NSW in the long-term.

Species sightings and management sites across NSW

OEH is currently developing a targeted approach for managing Partnership species species. In the interim, the following management actions have been identified for this species.
  • Reduce domestic stock grazing pressure in areas where species is known to occur to maintain ground and litter cover.
  • Reduce or control feral cat, pig and fox populations in areas where key populations of the species is known to occur.
  • Provide map of known occurrences to Rural Fire Service and seek inclusion of mitigative measures on Bush Fire Risk Management Plan(s), risk register and/or operation map(s).
  • Do not stock-pile or burn logging waste in forest or woodland where the species occurs.
  • Prevent the collection of dead fallen timber for firewood in areas where the species is known to occur.
  • Prevent clearing of woodland and forest habitats where the species is known to occur.
  • Provide firewood in areas where recreational use overlaps with species habitat to preserve large fallen logs, leaf litter and groundcover vegetation.
  • Retain and protect areas of rocky dry open forest and woodland from clearing, fragmentation and disturbance.
  • Retain bushrock in its natural setting within the species habitat and obtain rocks for gardens only from licensed dealers.
  • Develop and implement firewood collection policies to ensure large logs and woody debris are not removed from the species habitat.
  • Identify locations, particularly in Clarence Valley, supporting key populations and investigate and prioritise site-specific threatening processes.
  • Determine site-specific management strategies to protect and enhance key populations.
  • Identify sites in key habitats and corridors for vegetation rehabilitation and undertake revegetation to provide links between key populations.
  • Manage cane toads in areas of known habitat.

Are you or is someone you know doing conservation work for this species or in this area?

Contact us to tell us about the work. Your input will help OEH evaluate the status of threatened species and provide a broader picture of conservation work across NSW.