RED-BELLIED BLACK SNAKE

Appearance

It is glossy black on top, bright red sides and a duller red on the underside.

Has an average length of 1.4m but can grow up to 2m. The males are much larger than the females.

Habitat

Can be found in woodland, forest, bushland and plains – most commonly seen close to dams, streams and other bodies of water.

Diet

Eats frogs, mice, lizards and smaller snakes, and will sometimes hunt under water.

Breeding

Mating occurs in spring and birth take place from January to March. These snakes are ovoviviparous. This means they give birth to live young in individual membranous sacs.

The young emerge from the sacs shortly after birth. They give birth to between 8 – 40 young, that are about 120mm when born.

Predators

The main predator are feral cats, however, it may also fall prey to large birds.

Prey

It mainly eats frogs and lizards, however, it may prey on small mammals and even other snakes (including other red-bellied black snakes)

Life expectancy