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Red-Bellied Black Snake by Illirik Red-Bellied Black Snake by Illirik
So, this is a Red-Bellied Black Snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus) from the Australian Reptile Park in Gosford, Australia. They are one of Australias many elapids, meaning they are venomous (though their venom is not often fatal), and are found in woodlands, scrub and swamps in eastern Australia.
When I was a kid growing up I was always warned about how dangerous these beautiful snakes can be. Frequently we'd find them down the local creek, and avoid them as best we could.
This one, however was being so beautiful and so interactive that I couldn't resist taking many many photographs of it. While my partner and myself were standing there looking for the snake we noticed it climbing the tree in it's enclosure (something we didn't know these guys did). It travelled up the tree and out onto a branch near the edge of the open enclosure, stopping to "taste" the air about 40cm away from where my camera, and my face were. Such an amazing sight.
Anyway, hope you like this, and the other three photos, of this truly beautiful animal.
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snow-phantom Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Just spotted one myself  a couple of weeks back in Callala Bay on the South Coast NSW why walking have no idea why I photoed it but I did thankfully it left me alone still would never do again.  Still makes no sense why I photoed it when I am scared of snakes. Great shot by the way. :)
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999R Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Great shot!
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alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Amazing shot!
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Illirik Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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1w1w Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Deadly yet Beautiful! Perfect two words to describe this snake@
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Illirik Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So true. They're one of my favourite elapids :)
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zergmarex Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It is so beautiful
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Illirik Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, they're pretty stunning reptiles :)
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January 4, 2013
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