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Australian coral snake

Brachyurophis australis


Small, smooth glossy snake, with numerous narrow ragged-edge bands of reddish-brown through orange-red to coral-pink, between narrow bands of creamy pale scales with dark edges. Black blotch or bar on head & broad black bar across neck. Belly bright creamy white. Tip of snout has sharp, upturned cutting edge (or rostral scale) which is used for burrowing.


Found in wide variety of habitats but especially where dry, sandy soils occur.


Found few of these on the roads at night out in Western Queensland recently.

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ShannaB 6 years ago

Beautiful little snakes!

AshleyT 6 years ago

People say our coral snakes are very reluctant to bite and very calm, and I think no one has ever died from one (or been envenomated? don't quote me on that!), but I've seen one going crazy biting someone, luckily they were holding it with very thick gloves so it didn't actually puncture the skin! Elapid venom is some scary stuff!

NathBig 6 years ago

Thanks Ashley. While they are classed as venomous, they are virtually harmless, and extremely reluctant to bite. A bit different to some of the coral snakes you get out your way! :-)

AshleyT 6 years ago

Very cool snake! Makes me nervous seeing you hold it even though it is pretty small!

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Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Oct 24, 2014
Submitted on Nov 6, 2014

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