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Bardick (Echiopsis curta)
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The bardick (Echiopsis curta) is a heavy-bodied, venomous snake with a short tail and a broad head, clearly distinct from the neck (2) (3). The non-glossy scales range in colour from olive grey to reddish-brown, while white flecks may be scattered around the head and lips (3). Like all elapids, the bardick has fangs located towards the front of the jaw, which enable it to inject venom with a swift, deadly strike (4).
- Length: up to 60 cm (2)
The bardick is a nocturnal species that, unusually for a small elapid, takes a wide variety of prey, including lizards, frogs, small mammals and sometimes birds and insects (2) (3). Little is known about the breeding behaviour of this species, but it is known to reproduce ovoviviparously, with the female giving birth to a litter of 3 to 14 live young in late summer or autumn (2).Top
The bardick is classified as Near Threatened (NT) on the IUCN Red List (1).Top
The loss and degradation of suitable habitat, brought about by the clearance of grassland and shrubland, the removal of fallen timber and other plant debris, heavy grazing, and inappropriate fire regimes, is the principal threat to the bardick (3).Top
Recovery efforts for the bardick are focused primarily on ensuring the persistence of optimum habitat for this species. This includes preventing the clearance of vegetation debris in areas of suitable habitat, the implementation of appropriate fire regimes, and a reduction in livestock density in some areas (3).Top
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Find out more about the conservation of the bardick:
Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW):
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- Members of the elapidae, a family of venomous snakes found mainly in the tropics.
- A species or taxonomic group that is only found in one particular country or geographic area.
- Active at night.
- Ovovivipary is a method of reproduction whereby the egg shell is weakly formed and young hatch inside the female; they are nourished by their yolk sac and then ‘born' live.
IUCN Red List (April, 2011)
- Shine, R. (1982) Ecology of the Australian elapid snake Echiopsis curta. Journal of Herpetology, 16(4): 388-393.
Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW) (November, 2009)
- Burnie, D. (2001) Animal. Dorling Kindersley, London.
Museum Victoria (November, 2009)
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