Geographical Range Northern Australia
Habitat Woodlands, grasslands, marshes, swamps, semi-desert areas
Scientific Name Aspidites melanocephalus
Conservation Status Not listed by IUCN

The reason this snake's head is black has to do with the animal's habit of basking in the sun. Most snakes lay their whole body in the sun to soak up its warmth on cool days, though this behavior exposes them to predators. But snakes with dark heads can bask with only their heads exposed. That way, the warmth quickly reaches their brain and sense organs, making them alert, yet they are less vulnerable to predators.