Eastern Brown Snake
Total Length – 2.2m
Found in all mainland States. Common in this region
A large, nervous and dangerous elapid found in all habitats throughout this region from cane fields to rainforests. Tends to stay well away from humans if possible and normally will rapidly retreat if encountered. If cornered it raises its fore-body into an S-shape threat display and will strike and bite repeatedly to defend itself if the warning is not heeded.
It is a fast moving snake with good eyesight that can chase and catch fast moving prey such as other reptiles and rats. It will also use constriction to subdue prey, holding them tight in its coils while repeatedly biting to inject more venom. In wheat growing areas it conveys a potential benefit by helping to control mice and rat numbers.
Brown snakes lay eggs in the spring months which hatch in late summer. Juveniles are difficult to differentiate from other small brown coloured snakes and the venom of the juvenile snake is as dangerous as that of the adults. A feature to note, as pet cats have been known to catch juveniles and bring them into homes.
For a detailed description of this species please refer to A Field Guide to Reptiles of Queensland by Steve K. Wilson
|Information sources:||Photo 1 & 3 at Conway by David Armstrong: Photo 2 at Mt Pleasant Stn (found together in turkey nest dam) by Garlone Moulin: Photo 4 a juvenile from Strathdickie by Paul Horner: Phot 5 defensive display at Mackay by Brendan Schembri|