Monthly Archives: January 2009

Mind your step – Red-bellied Black Snakes!

Bushwalking often rewards me with interesting wildlife, some of which is better enjoyed from a distance, like this young Red-bellied Black Snake, basking in the morning sun beside a small, slow running stream. Even though it is young, it is still dangerously venemous & should be treated with caution.
Red-bellied Black Snake, Pseudechis porphyriacus
Red-bellied Black Snake, Pseudechis porphyriacus
 
A few days later, walking the same track I find a similar looking Red-Belly. There is a good chance it is here for the Common Eastern Froglets I had seen in the area.
Red-bellied Black Snake, Pseudechis porphyriacus
Red-bellied Black Snake, Catching some rays
 
Along another track in the same area I was lucky to see an older, larger Red-Bellied Black Snake. Perhaps a year old, it’s face has less brown on it.
Red-bellied Black Snake, Pseudechis porphyriacus
Red-bellied Black Snake, Are you lunch?
 
I have seen a few Adult Red-bellies on my walks, slinking under lantana in the hopes of a meal of plump Antechinus, which I’ve seen bounding away clear of the dense cover – while the Red-belly can still be heard slowly probing around, still following it’s scent.
Red-bellied Black Snake, Pseudechis porphyriacus
Red-bellied Black Snake, Looking for lunch
They are suprising great swimmers for land snakes, convenient if one of your favourite meals is frog, this one was disturbed from its hiding place under canoes where frogs were sheltering.
Red-bellied Black Snake, Pseudechis porphyriacus
Red-bellied Black Snake, Swimming away!
 
…I wonder how they got their name!
Red-bellied Black Snake, Pseudechis porphyriacus
Red-bellied Black Snake, Pseudechis porphyriacus