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Reptiles & Frogs
|Red-Bellied Black Snake (Pseudechis porphyricus)
- This is one of eastern Australias 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
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.
- The Red-Bellied Black Snake can be seen, escaping your approach, during