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Red-Bellied Black Snake
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Australian Tropical
Reptiles & Frogs
Red-Bellied Black Snake (Pseudechis porphyricus)
  • This is one of eastern Australia’s best known larger poisonous snakes.
  • Although its venom is not lethal it should be treated as such and a bite should be treated seriously.
  • There is no record of any human ever having died from the bite of a Red-Bellied Black Snake.


  • The common name originates from the slightly pinkish colour of its ventral (underside), scales and the first row of its lateral (topside) scales.
  • It is jet black in colour with a paler brownish snout.
  • The underside of the tail is blackish


  • It is not aggressive and is not eager to cause a disturbance and attack. When it is provoked, it will recoil into its striking stance as a threat but will try to escape at the first opportunity.
  • It is a diurnal snake that is usually associated with streams and water bodies.
  • When not hunting or basking it may be found beneath timber, under rocks or down holes and burrows.


  • this includes ; frogs, snakes , lizards, birds, mammals and some fish


  • Adults average a length of 1.5 meters but healthy specimens can reach 2.5meters.
  • Young hatch from membranous sacs and are laid in clutches of 12 to 20.

Viewing Opportunities:

  • The Red-Bellied Black Snake can be seen, escaping your approach, during rainforest walks.

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Lake Eacham, Atherton Tableland
Tropical North Queensland, Australia.
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