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  Brown Tree Snake (Boiga irregularis)





Brown Tree Snake | Boiga irregularis photo
Brown Tree Snake photographed at Walkabout Creek, Brisbane.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.

Brown Tree Snake | Boiga irregularis photo
Photographed at Walkabout Creek, Brisbane.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.



BROWN TREE SNAKE FACTS

Description
The Brown Tree Snake is brown (no surprises there) with irregular dark bands, and pinkish underside. Has large orange eyes.

Habitat
woodlands, rainforests and open rocky outcrops. It often takes shelter in hollow trees, caves and in rock crevices

Food
birds and small mammals

Breeding
lays between 4 and 12 eggs in each clutch. These are usually laid in a rock crevice or tree hollow.

Range
Brown Tree Snake inhabits coastal eastern and northern Australia from the Sydney area to the Kimberleys in Western Australia.

Notes
Weakly venomous. Aggressive species and will bite if even slightly threatened. Adopts strike pose with body retracted in S pattern ready to attack when provoked.



Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Colubridae
Genus:Boiga
Species:irregularis
Common Name:Brown Tree Snake