Eastern Small-eyed Snake (species: Cryptophis nigrescens) in Yungaburra, QLD (Gaia Guide)
Cryptophis nigrescens
Eastern Small-eyed Snake

©Alexandre Roux: Eastern Small-eyed Snake (Cryptophis nigrescens)

©Alexandre Roux: Eastern Small-eyed Snake (Cryptophis nigrescens)

©Dark Morelia on Flickr: Eastern Small-eyed Snake (Cryptophis nigrescens)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Family Elapidae
Genus Cryptophis
Species Cryptophis nigrescens



Distinguishing features

The Small-eyed Snake has a glossy dark grey to black back. The belly is commonly pink with a line of dark grey spots, but can be cream with grey blotches. (Queensland Museum)


  • Up to 120 cm (Length of specimen)


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Eastern Small-eyed Snake (Cryptophis nigrescens)

Distribution and habitat preferences

It lives in rainforests, wet and dry eucalypt forests and heaths, agricultural and grazing lands.

It shelters beneath rocks, logs and the bark of fallen trees during the day. (Queensland Museum)


nocturnal (active at night)


It feeds on lizards and their eggs, small snakes and, rarely, frogs. (Queesland Museum)

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  • rarely fatal - It is a dangerously venomous snake with strongly myotoxic venom injected via its fangs. These snakes have venom similar to the black snake family, which destroys tissue and can cause severe problems (organ failure) if you do not receive medical attention immediately.