Notechis scutatus TL 2m (size varies greatly between populations)
What does it look like? DANGEROUSLY VENOMOUS. Robust, with large, flat head and squarish frontal shield. Highly variable in colour and size, but most commonly dark olive-brown to blackish with numerous yellowish cross-bands above, and cream to grey underparts. Unbanded individuals can be yellowish brown to black.
Where is it found? Southern Australia from south-west mainland and islands of WA, through southern mainland and islands of SA, Vic, islands of Bass Strait and mainland Tas, eastern NSW and south-eastern Qld.
What are its habitats & habits? Favours well-watered areas, including wetlands, swamps, dams, creeks and lagoons, within a wide range of habitat types, from rainforests, open forests and woodland, to tussock grassland and grazing pasture. Mainly diurnal, but also nocturnal in warm weather. Shelters under ground debris, in dense vegetation or disused animal burrows. Predominantly terrestrial, foraging mainly for frogs, but also other small vertebrates, including mammals, lizards, fish and birds, and some carrion. Ovoviviparous, giving birth to around 20 young in a litter. When threatened, flattens the neck and upper body, exposing black skin between the scales.