AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS AND INFORMATION
Covering Australian Snakes and Lizards, Crocodiles and Turtles
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WESTERN BROWN SNAKE
Highly Venomous - Extremely Dangerous
Grows to approximately 1.2 - 2.0 m (4ft -6ft) total length
The Western Brown Snake
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.
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
Juvenile Western Brown Snake (Pseudonaja mengdeni)
"Pseudonaja mengdeni" by Michael Sale is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
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
LINKS OF INTEREST
Australo-Papuan Brown Snakes
The University of Melbourne
Click here for more Information about Australian Elapid Snakes
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Updated October 20, 2021