AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS AND INFORMATION
Covering Australian Snakes and Lizards, Crocodiles and Turtles
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SPOTTED BLACK SNAKE
or BLUE-BELLIED BLACK SNAKE
Highly Venomous - Extremely Dangerous
Note that this species and is very variable in pattern. It may have no spots at all or may be spotted, which is why it has 2 common names!
The Blue-bellied Black snake looks like a Common or Red-bellied black snake, however it doesn't posses the red belly colouration usually found on red bellied black snakes. Some individuals may not have much black on them at all and extreme pattern variation results in species may also be mistaken for other large venomous snakes, such as the Eastern Brown Snake, Mulga Snakes (King Brown), and Collettes Snake!
Spotted Black Snake Pseudechis guttatus
Approximate distribution of the Spotted Black Snake Pseudechis guttatus
Spotted Black Snake Pseudechis guttatus found east of Millmerran Qld
Captive Spotted Black Snake Pseudechis guttatus
This brown Spotted Black Snake Pseudechis guttatus (pictured above and below) from between Millmerran and Inglewood (Queensland) has only a small amount of speckling and could easily be mistaken for a different species - it was found crossing the road at night and is emaciated
The Blue-bellied Black Snake Pseudechis guttatus snake above was in my reptile collection for many years.
It was an adult when it was given to me by Bill Dunmall who had a wildlife park at Hervey Bay in Queensland.
The snake was incredibly docile, probably because it was on display and used to seeing people admiring it all the time.
It never showed the slightest sign of
aggression or nervousness and although I wouldn't normally free handle dangerous snakes (which I strongly discourage), I used to free handle this one. It was originally captured near Tara in Qld.
This Spotted Black Snake Pseudechis guttatus eating a skink is a juvenile from NSW.
Updated February 28, 2019