Red Bellied Black Snake

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Red Bellied Black Snake
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Native Animals

The Red Bellied Black Snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus) has a shiny black back with bright red sides, usually becoming yellowish towards the centre.

It is found near creeks, swamps and sometimes swimming pools; usually under rocks and logs, and sometimes lying in the sun in garden beds. 

It's average length is 1.2m.

Although venomous and capable of inflicting a possible fatal bite, it is usually placid and will try to avoid humans. There are no recorded deaths of bites from this snake. It is has been known to eat other snakes, including the dangerous eastern brown snake.

Council does not clear land to reduce snake numbers and you are not allowed to harm native animals.

More information is available at the Australian Museum.