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  Red-bellied Black Snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus)





Red-bellied Black Snake | Pseudechis porphyriacus photo
Red-bellied Black Snake photographed at Walkabout Creek, Brisbane.

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Red-bellied Black Snake | Pseudechis porphyriacus photo
Another specimen of Red-bellied Black Snake photographed at Australia Zoo.

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Red-bellied Black Snake | Pseudechis porphyriacus photo
Red-bellied black snakes courting.

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REPTILE FACTS

Description
The Red-bellied Black Snake is glossy black above with bright red underside.

Size
1.5m long and sometimes over 2m.

Habitat
near river and creek banks, rainforest and wet eucalypt forest

Food
It feeds on frogs, reptiles and small mammals

Breeding
Mating occurs in spring with combat between rival males common during this period. In combat, the snakes bodies are intertwined with heads raised. Between 5 and 40 young are born in membranous sacs from which they emerge within a few minutes of birth.

Range
The Red-bellied Black Snake is found along the east coast and ranges from south-eastern Cape York Peninsula (Queensland) to south-eastern South Australia

Notes
Venomous and potentially dangerous



Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Elapidae
Genus:Pseudechis
Species:porphyriacus
Common Name:Red-bellied Black Snake

Relatives in same Genus
  Mulga Snake (P. australis)
  Collett's Snake (P. colletti)
  Spotted Black Snake (P. guttatus)