Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Unwelcome Visitors

Very unwelcome visitors ....

Eastern Brown Snake

The eastern brown snake (Pseudonaja textilis), often referred to as the common brown snake, is a species of genus Pseudonaja. This snake is considered the world's second most venomous land snake.

The eastern brown snake is diurnal (meaning it is active during the day). It is notorious for its speed and aggression throughout its habitats. When highly agitated, they hold their necks high, appearing in an upright S-shape. The snake usually seeks to flee when confronted, though it can be highly defensive if provoked.

This species is attracted to rural and farming areas, probably due to the large numbers of associated rodents. Such areas also normally provide shelter in the form of rubbish and other cover.

 The main component of their diet is rodents, particularly introduced house miceFrogs, small birdseggs and even other snakes are also consumed.

Clinically, the venom of the eastern brown snake is known to cause diarrheadizziness, collapse or convulsionsrenal failureparalysis and cardiac arrest.

  • Red-bellied black snake
  • The red-bellied black snake is a species of elapid snake native to eastern Australia. Though its venom is capable of causing significant morbidity, a bite from it is not generally fatal and is less venomous than other deadly Australian snakes.

  •  .  The red-bellied black snake is glossy black on the dorsal surface and red, crimson or pink in colour on the lower sides and belly. The snout is often a lighter brown colour. It is a relatively large species of snake reaching up to two metres in length, although it has an average total length of 1.5 to 
    2 metres.

     This is generally not an aggressive species. However, when provoked, it will recoil into its striking stance as a threat, but will try to escape at the first opportunity. It is most active by day. When not hunting or basking it may be found beneath timber, rocks and rubbish or down holes and burrows.

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    Eastern Brown Snake 

    Red-belly Black Snake

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