Red-Bellied Black Snake Bite

Habitat, Appearance, Diet, Behavior & Size

Eastern Australia, found near rivers, streams, wetlands, forests, and woodlands


Physical Appearance

Shiny black scales with a red underside, which gives it its name

Scientific Name

Pseudechis porphyriacus


Average adult length of about 1.5 meters, can reach up to 2 meters


Feeds on frogs, lizards, and small mammals

Venom Type

Venomous with specialized venom-producing glands

Venom Toxicity

Relatively mild compared to other venomous snakes in Australia, can cause pain and swelling


Non-aggressive, prefers to avoid confrontation with humans

First Aid for Bites

Keep affected limb still and below heart level, apply pressure bandage, immobilize and seek medical attention immediately

Medical Treatment

Anti-venom treatment available for general snakebites, specific anti-venom for Red-Bellied Black Snake bites is not available

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