What is a Red Bellied Black Snake?
The Red Bellied Black Snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus) gets its name from the fact that it has a black upper body with the sides and the lower part of its body (belly) being bright red or crimson fading into a dull dark pink colour under its body. Its snout is usually a paler brown colour. The body scales are smooth and glossy.
The Red Bellied Black Snake's head is barely distinguishable from its body. That is to say, there isn't a clearly visible constricted neck area. Its eyes are medium size and sit below an obvious brow-ridge. It has very dark eyes with round pupils.
The average adult is about 1.5 - 2m long, with males growing slightly larger than females. Some have been known to grow up to 2.5 metres in length, making it one of the largest venomous snakes in Australia.
The Red Bellied Black Snake belongs to the Elapid family of snakes which means it is front fanged.
Like most snakes it is deaf, has a forked tongue, and no eyelids.
They are very shy creatures, who prefer to avoid humans.