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Bardick - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Echiopsis curta
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 14 Nov 2003
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


The Bardick is a short, stout snake with a broad head, distinct from the neck. It has olive grey, brown to rich reddish brown non-glossy scales. Lips and head may be scattered with white flecks. Average length is 40cm, though can reach a total length of 70cm. This snake is venomous, and although it is usually not considered dangerous to humans it can be very defensive when disturbed.


This species occurs in three regions, all in the semi-arid regions of southern Australia. These are in south western Western Australia, the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia and in the mallee regions of eastern South Australia, north western Victoria and south western NSW. There are three known records from NSW, a Museum specimen from the ‘Balranald district’ in 1974, a sighting north west of Balranald in 1983 and a 2006 capture during pitfall surveys on a property north east of Mildura.

Habitat and ecology

  • Inhabits hummock grasslands and mallee areas on sandy or loamy soils and is usually associated with run-off slopes and drainage from local rises. The species is particularly common in areas of spinifex.
  • A terrestrial and partly nocturnal species which shelters under fallen timber and rocks, in leaf litter and dense, matted vegetation and in spinifex hummocks and sometimes basks near clumps of spinifex. It is most frequently encountered crossing sandy tracks on warm evenings.
  • Primarily eats lizards (including skinks, dragons and geckoes) but also small mammals, birds, frogs and insects such as cockroaches. It is believed that this species waits quietly and ambushes its prey as it passes.
  • This species bears live young and litters of between eight and ten have been recorded.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Murray Darling DepressionSouth Olary Plain Known None
RiverinaLachlan Predicted None