Reptile Pseudonaja textilis (Eastern Brown Snake)

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Scientific Name. Pseudonaja textilis

Common Names. Eastern Brown Snake, Common Brown Snake

Order: Squamata

Suborder: Serpentes

Family: Elapidae


Distribution: East coast of Australia from Cape York to South Australia. (Other members of Pseudonaja exist throughout most of Australia.)

Habitat: Sclerophyll forests, grassland, especially where cereal crops are grown. Does well in all habitats in its range. Has prospered since European colonisation due to increased rodent number. Not generally found in wetter areas.

Field Notes: Length up to 1.5 - 2 metres. Pink or orange spots may or may not be present on the underside. Juvenile snakes are more variable in this respect. 17 rows of mid-body scales. 45–75 divided subcaudal scales. Anal scale is divided. Fast mover and a nervous snake. Strikes when unable to retreat. Retreat seems a preferred form of defence.
Extremely toxic. Rated by some as world's second most toxic land snake. Toxicity is probably related to its diet of rodents and other small mammals. Rodent bites on captive coastal taipans have been fatal due to infection, so rapid prey death is required. Venom contains both neurotoxins and haemotoxins (coagulants).
 
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Here is a very dark brown snake.
I presumed this was a red bellied black until I saw the head.
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My backyard South Burnett, Qld Oct 2011
 
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How on earth did you get a picture of it's belly?
 
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