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Western Brown Snake
(Pseudonaja nuchalis)

This species is highly variable in both colour and pattern. Seven distinctive forms occur within the Alice Springs town area alone. The reasons for such diversity with the Western Brown Snake are unknown, but this may be an example of experimentation or natural selection at work. The vividly coloured black and orange snakes use colour to advertise their highly venomous potential and ‘warn off’ aggressors. Alternatively, drab coloured snakes have ‘elected’ to remain inconspicuous.

Western brown snakes are frequently encountered in the Alice Springs area. This species is highly venomous and feeds principally on small mammals and lizards.

Source: Alice Springs Reptile Centre

Western Brown Snake (Pseudonaja nuchalis)
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