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Threatened species

Ringed Brown 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: Pseudonaja modesta
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 27 Aug 2004
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


A pale-grey-brown to brown or reddish-brown snake that reaches a total length of 50cm. A cream-coloured band separates the black head and neck and four to seven distinct black bands occur at regular intervals along the body.


Determined on the basis of only limited records until recently, it is thought to occupy the north-west portion of the state having been recorded from Tarawi Nature Reserve, 140km south of Broken Hill, Silverton, Tibooburra, Wanaaring and from Kilberoo, 140km north-west of Bourke. Recent surveys have identified a large population in the Scotia Sanctuary-Tarawi NR region.

Habitat and ecology

  • A terrestrial species that inhabits drier areas including rocky outcrops and dry watercourses.
  • Occurs in a variety of vegetation types including woodlands, shrublands, mallee and grasslands. By night it shelters in ground debris or abandoned animal burrows.
  • It is diurnal but may forage during warm nights. Feeds predominantly on small skinks and occasionally small mammals.

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Broken Hill ComplexBarrier Range Known None
Broken Hill ComplexBarrier Range Outwash Known None
Broken Hill ComplexScopes Range Predicted None
Channel CountryCentral Depression Predicted None
Channel CountryCore Ranges Known None
Channel CountrySturt Stony Desert Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsMenindee Known None
Darling Riverine PlainsWilcannia Plains Predicted None
Mulga LandsCuttaburra-Paroo Known None
Mulga LandsParoo Overflow Predicted None
Mulga LandsParoo-Darling Sands Predicted None
Mulga LandsUrisino Sandplains Predicted None
Mulga LandsWhite Cliffs Plateau Predicted None
Murray Darling DepressionDarling Depression Predicted None
Murray Darling DepressionSouth Olary Plain Known None
Other StateSA Known None