The red-bellied black snake is common in urban areas as well as woodlands, forests and swamplands along the eastern coast of Australia. While generally not an aggressive species, when provoked, it will recoil into its striking stance as a threat, but will try to escape at the first opportunity. Its consists of neurotoxins, mycotoxins, coagulants and also has haemolytic properties. Bites from red-bellied black snake are rarely life-threatening, but need immediate medical attention.
Photo taken at Taronga Zoo, Sydney
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