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Pseudechis porphyriacus

Red-bellied Black Snake at Shoalhaven Heads, NSW

Pseudechis porphyriacus at Shoalhaven Heads, NSW - 6 Oct 2019
Pseudechis porphyriacus at Shoalhaven Heads, NSW - 6 Oct 2019
Pseudechis porphyriacus at Shoalhaven Heads, NSW - 6 Oct 2019
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Identification history

Pseudechis porphyriacus 8 Oct 2019 PatrickCampbell
Pseudechis porphyriacus 8 Oct 2019 Christine

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I almost stepped on it, as it had appeared right behind me as i was photographing a skink. Did not appear full grown, maybe two foot long.

3 comments

   9 Oct 2019
It looks like a beautiful sub-adult that possibly picked up the scent of the skink that you were photographing at the time. Was the skink a Water Skink (Eulamprus sp.) by any chance, as RBB's seem to like eating them (if they can catch them!)
Christine wrote:
   9 Oct 2019
Yes, see sighting 4236997 (or see it in nearby sightings). It looked quite large, but I guess the snake could manage ;) Thanks for the IDs Patrick.
   9 Oct 2019
My pleasure Christine. I've seen a sub-adult red belly eat a juvenile bluey once, which is quite a chubby species (about equal to an adult water skink), so I think you're right that it could probably manage to swallow it if given half the chance.

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Nearby sightings

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Eulamprus quoyii (Eastern Water Skink) at Shoalhaven Heads, NSW - 5 Oct 2019 by Christine Malurus cyaneus (Superb Fairywren) at Shoalhaven Heads, NSW - 21 Oct 2018 by KumikoCallaway Ardea alba (Great Egret) at Shoalhaven Heads, NSW - 21 Oct 2018 by KumikoCallaway
Eulamprus quoyii (Eastern Water Skink) at Shoalhaven Heads, NSW - 5 Oct 2019 by Christine
Malurus cyaneus (Superb Fairywren) at Shoalhaven Heads, NSW - 21 Oct 2018 by KumikoCallaway
Ardea alba (Great Egret) at Shoalhaven Heads, NSW - 21 Oct 2018 by KumikoCallaway

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 6 Oct 2019 10:29 AM Recorded on
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