Coluber porphyriacus Shaw, 1794, Australia.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
This snake's average length is approximately 59 in (1.5 m). It is shiny black with a bright red venter.
Southeastern Australia; isolated populations in coastal Queensland.
This snake inhabits creeks, ponds, and swamps.
This species is active during the day. It is gentle and calm and slow to react. Males engage in combat over females.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
The red-bellied black snake's diet consists primarily of frogs, but it also preys on reptiles and small mammals.
The species is live-bearing; the female gives birth to eight to 40 young.
This snake is highly venomous. Fatal bites have occurred, but this snake has a calm disposition and tries to avoid human contact. However, it is often found in urban areas. ♦
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