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  Eastern Brown Snake (Pseudonaja textilis)





Eastern Brown Snake | Pseudonaja textilis photo
Eastern Brown Snake photographed at Australia Zoo.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.

Eastern Brown Snake | Pseudonaja textilis photo
Photographed at Australia Zoo.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.



EASTERN BROWN SNAKE FACTS

Description
The Eastern Brown Snake is a dangerous venomous snake. It has a slender body and is variable in colour ranging from tan to grey or dark brown. The belly is cream, yellow or pale orange with darker orange spots.

Size
grows to about 1.5m long, although has been known to exceed 2m

Habitat
lives in range of habitats from arid scrubland, grasslands to wet eucalypt forest.

Food
small mammals and reptiles

Breeding
lays 10-35 eggs.

Range
The Eastern Brown Snake is found throughout most of the drier parts of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Notes
The eastern brown snake is the species responsible for most deaths caused by snakebite in Australia. It is aggressive and strikes if provoked, but will pass quietly if left alone. The bite is highly neurotoxic. The Eastern Brown is found in heavily populated areas including outer suburbs of cities, so is often encountered to people.



Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Elapidae
Genus:Pseudonaja
Species:textilis
Common Name:Eastern Brown Snake

Relatives in same Genus
  Dugite (P. affinis)
  Western Brown snake (P. nuchalis)