Red-Bellied Black Snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus)

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Red-bellied black snakes are aslo called the common black snake. Distributed down the east coast of Australia, not including Tasmania, and slightly into South Australia. The red-bellied black snake prefers swampy, moist areas around creeks, rivers and lakes. They prey on rats, mice, frogs, lizards and birds, as well as fish and eels, as they are good swimmers. They also eat other snakes, including those of their own species.

Pseudechis porphyriacus
Photo: R. Lowe, AVRU

Red-bellied black snakes are mostly active during the day, and are not particularly aggressive. When threatened, they will flatten their bodies and hiss loudly, but will usually attempt to escape if possible.