(Pseudechis porphyriacus)

Red-Bellied Black Snakes are the second most commonly found venomous snake in residential areas across the Adelaide metro area and the Adelaide Hills.



This species of snake is often found near streams, rivers, creeks and other wetland areas, yet can also be found in mammal burrows and grassed tussocks near residential areas.

Key Features

True to its name, the Red-Bellied Black Snake has a glossy black upper surface

Length up to 2 meters

Red or pink on the lower sides & belly


True to its name, the Red-Bellied Black Snake is glossy black on its upper surface and bright red, or pink in colour on the lower sides and belly. The average adult size is between 1.5 metres to 2 metres.

Red-Bellied Black Snakes primarily feed on frogs, fish, other reptiles and small mammals. They are also known to eat other snakes, even those of their own species!

Unlike their close relations, Red-Bellied black snakes give live birth to their young enclosed in a membranous sac. Neonates will emerge from the sac shortly after birth.

This snake is highly venomous but will choose to remain fairly shy and calm unless severely provoked - bites are rare as they prefer to enact a lengthy ‘fierce’ display with a flattened neck and hiss rather than strike.


We offer services to help rehabilitate injured native reptiles and endeavor to re-release them back into the wild. We also offer a network for captive reptiles looking for their forever home.


We have compiled a list of common South Australian venomous snakes along with short profiles to assist you understanding each species. The information provided is general in nature, please contact us if you require specific advice.
Never try to catch, kill or corner a snake as this is how people get bitten!