Furina textilis Duméril Bibron, and Duméril, 1854, New South Wales.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: DeKay's brown snake; French: Couleuvre brune, serpents jaunes; German: Braunschlangen; Spanish: Culebra-parda de Kay.
This snake reaches an average length of approximately 59 in (1.5 m). It is variable in color and pattern. The young often are heavily banded in alternating black and brown, but the bands fade as the snakes mature. Adults usually are a uniform light brown color but can be almost black.
Much of the eastern half of Australia. HABITAT
This species is found from desert to savanna to thick forest. It can be found in urban areas.
The brown snake is very fast moving and is active during the day.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
This species' diet is variable, but it feeds mostly on small mammals and reptiles. It is an active hunter.
The female lays 10-35 eggs.
The brown snake is considered highly dangerous because of its abundance and highly toxic venom. Fatal bites used to be common, but the death rate has decreased because of the availability of antivenin and widespread knowledge of the Sutherland pressure-immobilization technique. ♦
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