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Tidbinbilla Red Bellies. Images of Canberra

By Geoff_from_Lushpup_Images 21 December 2011 42

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Taken at the weekend out at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, a pair of Red Belly Black snakes (Pseudechis porphyriacus or ‘red bellies’) basking placidly in the sun – aren’t they beautiful!

I thought it might serve as a timely seasonal reminder for owners of pets and small children to vigilant about snakes as the warm weather approaches.

(Summer eh? who’d have thought it!)

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Tooks 1:00 pm 06 Nov 13

Zombie thread! I love this photo. They’re my favourite snakes.

BimboGeek 12:26 pm 06 Nov 13

kumadude said :

The browns were huge and would rise up and stare you down, you could see the muscles rippling along their mouth….scariest s*** I have ever seen.

Sounds like a King Brown. We had a family of them in the bottom paddock. They are super aggressive and HUGE! When they rise up in cobra mode, they are tall enough to look you in the eye.

It’s also possible to be bitten by a King Brown without it putting on a big show. This happened to my grandmother. The only way she knew she had been bitten was because she started showing symptoms of poisoning, and by identifying the symptoms she was able to make a reasonably educated guess as to what had bit her and get treatment.

Luckily, their poison is extremely slow acting and it’s possible to achieve a mild natural immunity if you’re lucky enough to survive your first bite.

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