Reptile Pseudechis australis (King Brown)

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Scientific Name: Pseudechis australis

Common Name: King Brown

Order: Squamata

Sub-order: Serpentes

Family: Elapidae

Other Names: Mulga snake, Pilbara cobra

Distribution: All states apart from victoria and Tasmania

Habitat: Woodlands, grassland and sandy deserts. Often found sheltering in manmade and natural cracks and crevases.

Field Notes: The king brown is a large, wide snake which can grow to a length of 3m. It is a dark brown in colour, although this can be closer to black or much lighter sand brown depending on the area.

The king brown is actually a black snake, belonging to the same genus as the red and blue bellied black snakes. A lot of Australians may refer to eastern brown snakes as king browns although they are seperate snakes

King browns can be very aggressive, and often chew if successful in biting. Although the venom produced by the king brown is not as powerfull as other Australian snakes, it makes up for this by injecting huge volumes of venom.

 
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One thing not widely appreciated is that the king brown is actually a black snake, belonging to the same genus as the red and blue bellied black snakes. A lot of locals call large eastern browns king browns locally, I think becasue it sounds more impressive.

King browns can be very aggressive, and often chew if successful in biting.
 
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