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Pseudechis porphyriacus

Red-bellied Black Snake at North Narooma, NSW

Pseudechis porphyriacus at North Narooma, NSW - 26 Nov 2018
Pseudechis porphyriacus at North Narooma, NSW - 26 Nov 2018
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Identification history

Pseudechis porphyriacus 27 Nov 2018 PatrickCampbell
Pseudechis porphyriacus 27 Nov 2018 PatrickCampbell
Pseudechis porphyriacus 27 Nov 2018 nickhopkins

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4 comments

   27 Nov 2018
It's probably a Red-bellied Black Snake but there's no red visible whatsoever and the image is not clear enough when blown up to clearly see any other distinguishing features. Whilst the solid black colour and body form strongly suggest a 'Red-belly', colour is not a reliable identifying feature, as some brown snakes and tiger snakes can be black and melanic forms occur in many species.
Do you have any other photos you could add?
   27 Nov 2018
will post another but it is very similar
   28 Nov 2018
Thanks Nick. The addition photo helps and is actually better than the first shot, as I can see the head in profile. There's something distinctively Red-belly about the form of the head in that shot and there's a very subtle indication of a brown snout that's characteristic of RBB's.
   28 Nov 2018
Hi Patrick - I agree that in form it looks like a Red-belly. I copied the image onto my hard drive and looked at it in my editor. (Faststone freeware) By resizing up from 800x600 t0 2048x1536 pixels then brightening the shadowed areas, I was able to zoom in on the belly along the snakes length and get reassuring glimpses of red.

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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • 26 Nov 2018 10:36 AM Recorded on
  • nickhopkins Recorded by
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