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Western Brown Snake / Gwardar
(Pseudonaja nuchalis)

Australia has many ‘deadly creatures’ ranging from jellyfish to spiders. Among these Australia has more species of venomous snakes than any other continent (21 of the world’s 25 deadliest snakes), one of which is the ‘Western Brown Snake’1, 2.

The Western Brown Snake is found across the Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. This venomous snake can be very fast and aggressive, especially if it feels threatened or disturbed. Even the young snake are venomous. The Western Brown has been responsible for a number of snake bite deaths in Australia.

The Western Brown can  be found in a wide variation in of colouration and pattern, with 16 known colour forms recognised in the Northern Territory alone3.

Western Brown Snake / Gwardar (Pseudonaja nuchalis)
Western Brown Snake (Pseudonaja nuchalis) © Greg Sully / AusEmade Pty Ltd
This Western Brown snake was seen on route to Chambers Pillar.

Western Brown Snake (Pseudonaja nuchalis) © Greg Sully / AusEmade Pty Ltd

Western Brown Snake (Pseudonaja nuchalis) © Greg Sully / AusEmade Pty Ltd

© Greg Sully / AusEmade Pty Ltd

1 Australian Government DFAT: About Australia - Flora and Fauna
2 Australia's Top Ten Dangerous Animals
3 A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia - Steve Wilson and Gerry Swan, 2005 New Holland Publishers
Special thanks to Rex Neindorf of the Alice Springs Reptile Centre for identifying this snake.
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