brown snake is definitely to be considered dangerous.
of the better
known Australian venomous snakes, found
in almost all of Australia, except the far south.
It is also known for its fair
often reticulated appearance, the fact that it often lives near humans,
that it delivers large
venom, and is specialised in eating reptiles, including
snakes, even of its own species.
Once upon a time when I lived in Charters Towers, I had one in my back
yard shed, but more of that below...
Distribution and Habitat
King Brown snake has
a very wide distribution
say the widest amongst all Australian snakes.
It is also called mulga
and it's true that it lives in
however it is
not restricted to it.
habitat where it does not live is rainforests, but it is found in
all drier vegetation
It is not found in Victoria or Tasmania, coastal New South Wales,
southern South and Western Australia, or the very south eastern corner
It is found in all of Northern Territory and most of Queensland,
York and our northern neighbour Papua New Guinea.
Appearance of King Brown Snake
snakes are pythons, these are not venomous snakes.
King brown snake is one
of the very
of the venomous ones - in fact it takes the first place in
weight, and the second, after taipan, in length, in Australia.
It can grow up to three metres in length, although 1.5m is more usual.
They are known to grow
northern Australia than in the south of the country.
King brown snake is also a heavily built, robust
snake with a broad head.
Like with most other snakes, its colour can vary - colour is never a
good indicator in snake identification.
As with all snake identification, you would have to be very experienced
to identify a snake 100% just by seeing it.
Often more complicated methods such as scale counts need to be
involved. But it so happens that
have a characteristic that gives you a good hint:
Often, each of its scales has a darker and a lighter part, giving the
snake a subtle pattern.
That in combination with its large size and bulky head is often enough
for recognising it fairly surely.
snakes have widely
adapted to eat other
Other reptiles are their favourites, however they do eat frogs, birds
They happily eat other
including all the poisonous ones, and
even cannibalise on their own species.
How aggressive they get can depend on the time of the year and other
factors (such as location - the northern ones are known to be more
aggressive than the southern individuals).
But they are not
generally known as
aggressive unless provoked.
It was not particularly aggressive when first disturbed, but
because I went to
take photos, and at the same time being inside the shed the snake would
have felt cornered,
start moving aggressively towards me.
What saved me from trouble was that the snake was eating another snake
so it was not into chasing or biting, but I did take the whole thing as
a good lesson.
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