Collett’s Snake

Pseudechis colletti TL 1.5m (males larger than females)

(Down’s Tiger Snake)

What does it look like?  DANGEROUSLY VENOMOUS. Reddish-brown to black above, with large cream, pink or reddish blotches and irregular bands. Top of head uniformly dark, with paler snout. Belly and flanks salmon-pink to cream.

Where is it found?  Central Qld.

What are its habitats & habits? Found in open grassland, shrubland and woodland on cracking clay and black soil plains, and shelters in deep soil cracks and under logs. Diurnal, but may be active on warmer nights, and actively hunts mammals, frogs, lizards and other snakes. Oviparous, laying up to 14 eggs in a clutch. Relatively placid, but if provoked raises forebody in low, flattened curve and hisses.