Speckled Brown Snake

Pseudonaja guttata

Speckled Brown Snake (Pseudonaja guttata) Speckled Brown Snake, Pseudonaja guttata, an inhabitant of black soil plains.
Photograph by Angus Emmott.
Pseudonaja guttata distribution 

Identification:

The Speckled Brown Snake is fawn to orange-yellow and often has dark flecks.  Some individuals have dark bands across body.  The belly is cream with irregular orange-pink spots.  This species grows to 80 cm.  Midbody scale rows 19–21; ventrals190–220; anal divided; subcaudals paired 45–70.

Distribution:

Found in central Queensland and the eastern Northern Territory.

Habitat:

Lives on grassy black-soil plains.

Habits:

This species is active by day and shelters in deep soil cracks.

Danger:

This species is potentially dangerous.  Its venom is poorly-known but probably mainly neurotoxic.  If bitten, apply first aid and seek urgent medical attention.  First aid procedure for any snakebite from the Australian Venom Research Unit.

Food:

Feeds on frogs, reptiles and small mammals.

Breeding:

Up to 6 eggs are laid.  The hatchlings are around 20 cm from the tip of the snout to the base of the tail (snout-vent length).

Similar species:

This species is most similar to the Eastern (P. textilis) and Western (P. nuchalis) Brown Snakes, which grow larger and have a heavier build.  There are also scale differences that separate these species.

Speckled Brown Snake (Pseudonaja guttata) Speckled Brown Snake, Pseudonaja guttata
Photograph by Angus Emmott.

 

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