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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.



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)