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Red-bellied Black Snake at Shoalhaven Heads Bushcare

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Pseudechis porphyriacus at Shoalhaven Heads Bushcare - 6 Oct 2019
Pseudechis porphyriacus at Shoalhaven Heads Bushcare - 6 Oct 2019
Pseudechis porphyriacus at Shoalhaven Heads Bushcare - 6 Oct 2019

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I almost stepped on it, as it had appeared right behind me as i was photographing a skink. Did not appear full grown, maybe two foot long.

3 comments

   8 Oct 2019
It looks like a beautiful sub-adult that possibly picked up the scent of the skink that you were photographing at the time. Was the skink a Water Skink (Eulamprus sp.) by any chance, as RBB's seem to like eating them (if they can catch them!)
Christine wrote:
   8 Oct 2019
Yes, see sighting 4236997 (or see it in nearby sightings). It looked quite large, but I guess the snake could manage ;) Thanks for the IDs Patrick.
   9 Oct 2019
My pleasure Christine. I've seen a sub-adult red belly eat a juvenile bluey once, which is quite a chubby species (about equal to an adult water skink), so I think you're right that it could probably manage to swallow it if given half the chance.

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Meliphaga lewinii (Lewin's Honeyeater) at Shoalhaven Heads Bushcare - 24 Mar 2020 by Andrejs
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  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 6 Oct 2019 Recorded on
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