VENOM: Dangerously venomous, seek emergency assistance if bitten.
SIZE: Growing to 2m (Avg 1.5m).
LOCAL DISTRIBUTION: The Red Bellied Black Snake is considered a common species throughout the Gold Coast, Brisbane & Scenic Rim regions.
HABITAT: Red Bellied Black Snakes are most frequently encountered in close proximity to water sources such as creeks and ponds where prey items such as frogs are abundant. This species can be found within a range of habitats including; high altitude rainforests, wet sclerophyll forests, coastal heath and suburban landscapes bordering water courses.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Red Bellied Black Snakes do not vary a great deal in appearance. These snakes appear glossy black along the dorsal surface, with vibrant red ventral scales. Despite their name, some specimens have been recorded with a ‘cream’ coloured belly however this is uncommon and more frequently seen in older or shedding individuals. In the presence of a threat these snakes will flatten out their neck in an attempt to look larger, initiating a strike if further provoked.
ADDITIONAL NOTES: Despite their reputation, the Red Bellied Black Snakes are considerably more timid than some of our other local venomous snakes. After each mating season, pregnant females will give birth to a live clutch of between 8 to 40 young.
SIMILAR LOOKING SPECIES: EASTERN SMALL EYED SNAKE
It’s important to realise that many species of snake can vary in colour, pattern and size. This often makes it very hard to make a positive identification of the snake. You should always assume that a snake is highly venomous, keep your family and pets at a safe distance and call a Gold Coast snake catcher.