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  Mulga Snake (Pseudechis australis)





Mulga Snake | Pseudechis australis photo
Mulga Snake

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Mulga Snake | Pseudechis australis photo
Mulga Snake or King Brown Snake.

Image by F Delventhal - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



MULGA SNAKE FACTS

Description
The Mulga Snake is a member of the black snake family. It is a sturdy snake with broad head. The colour is variable. Most specimens are mid-brown, some with a coppery tinge, others being quite dark. Scales can be shaded light and dark given snake a delicate pattern.

Other Names
King Brown Snake

Size
can grow to more than 2.5m

Habitat
many habitats including mulga country, grasslands, heath, desert and open woodland.

Food
mainly other reptiles - lizards and snakes, also some birds, mammals and frogs

Breeding
lays 8-20 eggs in a disused burrow or beneath a log or rock. Incubation is 2-3 months. The young are left to fend for themselves.

Range
all of Australia except the east and south coastal areas.

distribution map showing range of Pseudechis australis in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Elapidae
Genus:Pseudechis
Species:australis
Common Name:Mulga Snake

Relatives in same Genus
  Collett's Snake (P. colletti)
  Spotted Black Snake (P. guttatus)
  Red-bellied Black Snake (P. porphyriacus)