Slaty Grey Snake (species: Stegonotus cucullatus) in Yungaburra, QLD (Gaia Guide)
Stegonotus cucullatus
Slaty Grey Snake

©Alexandre Roux: Slaty Grey Snake (Stegonotus cucullatus)

©Alexandre Roux: Slaty Grey Snake (Stegonotus cucullatus), Australia

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Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Family Colubridae
Genus Stegonotus
Species Stegonotus cucullatus



Distinguishing features

They are generally black or dark brown above and paler on their sides and belly.


  • Up to 130 cm (Length of specimen)



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Slaty Grey Snake (Stegonotus cucullatus)

Distribution and habitat preferences

Generally found in moist forests.


Slaty grey snakes feed on fishes, frogs, lizards, reptile eggs and small mammals.

Web resources


  • significant discomfort - They are nonvenomous but, if handled, they will bite repeatedly and release a strong smell from an anal gland.


References that assist with identification

  • Wilson, S. and G. Swan (2010). A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia: 3rd Edition 558 pp. New Holland Publishers, Australia.

Other references

  • Limpus, C.H. (1982). The reptiles of Lizard Island, Herpetofauna, 13(2): 1-6. LIRS catalog number 73.