Nature conservation

Threatened species

a whip snake - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Demansia rimicola
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 10 Jun 2016
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


Slender grey to olive brown with, typically, dark band behind the head. Belly bright orange-red.


Collected in Tibooburra and the vicinity of Sturt National Park.

Habitat and ecology

  • A terrestrial, predominantly diurnal species that shelters under fallen timber, flat rocks, debris, in deep soil cracks, rock crevices, grass clumps, and animal burrows.
  • Eats small lizards and snakes which are captured by chasing.
  • Preferred habitats include open forests, woodlands or shrublands with an understorey of grass, shrubs or hummock grasslands on the slopes and plains.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Recovery strategies

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Channel CountryCore Ranges Predicted None
Channel CountrySturt Stony Desert Known None
Other StateQLD Known None