Eastern Brown Snake (Pseudoaja textilis): Is a dangerous reptile that reaches a length of 1.5 metres and varies considerably in colour and pattern. Adults usually have a uniform colour that ranges from light tan through dark brown, russet and orange to almost black. The belly may be cream, orange or yellow with scattered blotches of orange or dark grey.
Juvenile patterns vary considerably dependent on locality. In most cases they have a black head (see image). Some juveniles may have a uniform brown colour or be striped with black cross bands.
The Eastern Brown Snake is a swift moving reptile that is active during the day. They are found in a number of habitats including sclerophyll forests, heaths, woodlands, grasslands and arid areas. One even occupied our lounge room for about 20 minutes.
Eastern Brown Snakes mainly feed on small mammals and other reptiles. They lay clutches of between 10 to 30 eggs.
Eastern Brown Snakes occur in eastern Australia from northern Queensland to south-eastern South Australia.
The juvenile photographed was hibernating under a sheet of corrugated iron at Yallaroo in May 2007 and was about 30 centimetres long.
Please Note: Eastern Brown Snakes are very fast and very venomous.
Much of this information was gleaned from Reptiles and Amphibian of Australia by Harold G. Cogger, published by Reed.