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Red-Bellied Black Snake

The red-bellied black snake is a venomous species of elapid snake, indigenous to eastern Australia. Although quite deadly, its bite is less venomous than many other Australian elapid snakes.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Elapidae
    Genus Pseudechis
    Scientific Name Pseudechis porphyriacus


    Other Names Common Black Snake, Red-Belly
    Length 1.5m to 2m
    Color Shiny black dorsal side with a vivid red, crimson or pink belly; the snout is mainly light brown
    Distribution Australia’s east coast (Canberra, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Sydney, Queensland, Victoria, Adelaide and New South Wales)
    Habitat Near streams, dams, billabongs, and other water bodies
    Diet Frogs, reptiles, small mammals and other snakes (including their own species)
    Hibernation Fact Hibernates during winter months in underground caverns and holes
    Predators Feral cats, birds, other snakes
    Venom Fact Consists of neurotoxins, coagulants, myotoxins, and also hemolytic properties
    Breeding Season October-November
    Mode of Reproduction Ovoviviparous (producing young by means of eggs hatched inside the body of the mother)
    Clutch Size/Litter Size 8 to 40
    Reproductive Age 2-3 years
    Average Lifespan About 6 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Not listed

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    Published on August 24th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 22nd August 2018.

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