Bandy-Bandy snakes

Subject: Bandy-Bandy snakes
From: "Martin O'Brien" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 13:12:14 -0816 (UTC)
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In Victoria (Australia) Bandy Bandys are snakes of the 
undisturbed areas of remnant vegetation in the 
Wodonga-Beechworth area and in the Sunset Country of the 

The reptile has a very specialised diet, feeding entirely 
upon 'blind' snakes of the genus Ramphotyphlops.  Blind 
snakes in turn feed on certain ant and termite species 
which occur in undisturbed areas.

Remove the ants/termites or blind snakes and the Bandy 
Bandy is in trouble.  This is in fact what is happening in 
Victoria with cultivation, grazing, timber harvesting and
firewood collection thought to contribute to the decline of 
the species in the State.

Readers may know of some native birds which are in a 
similiar predicament. 
Martin O'Brien
Scientific Officer - Flora and Fauna Guarantee
Flora and Fauna Statewide Program
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde.,
East Melbourne  3002
Victoria   AUSTRALIA

tel: + 61 3 9412 4567
fax: + 61 3 9412 4586

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