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WESTERN BROWN SNAKE
Pseudonaja mengdeni

Highly Venomous - Extremely Dangerous
Grows to approximately 1.2 - 2.0 m (4ft -6ft) total length

The Western Brown Snake (Pseudonaja  mengdeni) is widespread across the western two-thirds of Australia; has a black lining to the mouth.

Sometimes orange to brown with black head or pale headed, with grey nape, however colour and pattern is very variable and this species may be banded.

Pseudonaja mengdeni
Adult Western Brown Snake (Pseudonaja  mengdeni)
"Pseudonaja mengdeni"
by AlexandreRoux01 is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.


Approximate distribution of the Western Brown Snake (Pseudonaja mengdeni)
Approximate distribution of the Western Brown Snake (Pseudonaja  mengdeni)


Pseudonaja mengdeni
Juvenile Western Brown Snake (Pseudonaja  mengdeni)
"Pseudonaja mengdeni"
by Michael Sale is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

 

Click here to see photos of Western Brown Snakes(Pseudonaja mengdeni) at flickr
Click here to see photos of Western Brown Snakes (Pseudonaja mengdeni) at Flickr

Venomous snakes do not always inject venom when biting, however due to the extremely high toxicity of the venom of this species, it is vital that first aid is performed immediately (Constrictive bandage etc) and the patient is taken immediately to hospital.
Lack of symptoms may not mean that the victim has not been envenomated.

Correct and immediate first aid and treatment for this species and other dangerous snakes increases the chance of survival.

Although people are commonly bitten by dangerous snakes in Australia, the actual number of deaths is actually very low, due to antivenines and medical procedures.


LINKS OF INTEREST

Australo-Papuan Brown Snakes
The University of Melbourne

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