Narrow-banded Snake (Simoselaps fasciolatus)

Species Action Statement

This species has been assigned to the Landscape species management stream under the Saving our Species (SoS) program.

Justification for allocation to this management stream

This species is distributed across relatively large areas and is subject to threatening processes that generally act at the landscape scale (e.g. habitat loss or degradation) rather than at distinct, defineable locations.

Conservation status

Management objectives

This action statement aims to ensure that the species is secure in the wild in NSW and that its NSW geographic range is extended or maintained.

Species sightings and management sites across NSW

The map below displays the species’ distribution in NSW, based upon the species’ geographic range, habitat distribution or area of occupancy (to as high a resolution as available data allow, using a range of data sources).

Information about the species’ habitat and ecology is available here.

The map may also display one or more management sites where management of important populations is underway. More information is available in the tables below.


The species occurs in the following IBRA (Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia) regions in NSW:

Darling Riverine Plains
Channel Country
Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields
Mulga Lands
Cobar Peneplain
Broken Hill Complex
Murray Darling Depression

Proportion of the species' distribution on reserve

6% of the species' distribution occurs on reserve (within NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service estate).

Critical actions for this species

The key threats to the viability of landscape-managed species are loss, fragmentation and degradation of habitat, and widespread pervasive factors such as impacts of climate change and disease. Many of these threats are addressed by NSW planning, native vegetation, and biodiversity legislation, policy and programs including the offsets program (BioBanking, NSW Biodiversity Offsets Policy for Major Projects), Biodiversity Certification, management of environmental water and reservation under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

Threats to this species are outlined here.

The actions listed in the action toolbox are supplementary to NSW legislation, policy and programs and can be used by stakeholders, where applicable to guide management at a site, regional or state scale.

Action toolbox

Action DescriptionScale
Liaise with relevant landholders and land managers to raise awareness of the importance of retaining rock and log ground cover within areas of known important habitat for the species. Site
Fence or otherwise protect strategically-located small (e.g. 10 hectare) patches of refugia to create high quality habitat areas capable of sustaining a core population. Site
Control feral goats, pigs and rabbits, using best-practice techniques and taking an adaptive management approach, in the vicinity of known populations. Site
Assess the species' distribution and abundance via a review of past surveys and the literature, and by conducting and encouraging surveys in known and potential habitat. State
Negotiate agreements with relevant landholders, particularly in-perpetuity covenants or stewardship agreements, that promote the retention and connectivity of suitable habitat, including removal of grazing and retention of fallen timber, rocks and debris. Site, Area

How will this species be managed?

Key management sites for this threatened species are being identified by the Office of Environment and Heritage and other program partners, where feasible, cost-effective and beneficial to the threatened species. Currently, no management sites have been identified for this threatened species.

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.