Sunday, 15 November 2009


The property owner told our group that they had a resident Red-bellied Black Snake on their property near Bambra. After we'd completed plant surveys, set out the mammal-traps and collected the insect traps we decided to have a look for the snake because they are not usually seen in the area. A snake was found on a dam bank but it turned out to be a dark Lowlands Copperhead Austrelaps superbus. We were delighted to see it catch and eat a frog (click on second photo to view large). We were also surprised to see it swim deep under the water rather than on the surface. PS. For the benefit of non-Australian readers, these snakes are dangerously venemous.


Mosura said...

Great stuff!

Caption for #2...
Ahem! Excuse me, I've got a bit of a frog in my throat :-)

Snail said...

You can see why it was mistaken for a red-bellied black snake! Nice to see it feeding.