Speckled Brown Snake

Pseudonaja guttata

Speckled Brown Snake (Pseudonaja guttata) Speckled Brown Snake, Pseudonaja guttata, an inhabitant of black soil plains.
Photograph by Angus Emmott.
Pseudonaja guttata distribution 


The Speckled Brown Snake is fawn to orange-yellow and often has dark flecks.  Some individuals have dark bands across body.  The belly is cream with irregular orange-pink spots.  This species grows to 80 cm.  Midbody scale rows 19–21; ventrals190–220; anal divided; subcaudals paired 45–70.


Found in central Queensland and the eastern Northern Territory.


Lives on grassy black-soil plains.


This species is active by day and shelters in deep soil cracks.


This species is potentially dangerous.  Its venom is poorly-known but probably mainly neurotoxic.  If bitten, apply first aid and seek urgent medical attention.  First aid procedure for any snakebite from the Australian Venom Research Unit.


Feeds on frogs, reptiles and small mammals.


Up to 6 eggs are laid.  The hatchlings are around 20 cm from the tip of the snout to the base of the tail (snout-vent length).

Similar species:

This species is most similar to the Eastern (P. textilis) and Western (P. nuchalis) Brown Snakes, which grow larger and have a heavier build.  There are also scale differences that separate these species.

Speckled Brown Snake (Pseudonaja guttata) Speckled Brown Snake, Pseudonaja guttata
Photograph by Angus Emmott.


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