Black-bellied Swamp Snake, Swamp Snake and Grass Snake.Mildly Venomous
All bites should still be treated immediately and attended to with correct first aid.
Generally light to dark brown with scales tipped anteriorly with darker spot. Stoutish tail with a white to cream belly. Midbody scales at 15 rows.
45-50cm with a maximum length around 60cm.
Favours dry woodland vegetation communities. Found crossing roads in farmland areas in the Lockyer Valley and Darling Downs.
Appears predominantly nocturnal to crepuscular.
Feeds almost exclusively on skinks with one road killed specimen found near Splityard Creek with a recently ingested juvenile Eastern Bearded Dragon in its gut.
Recorded throughout suitable habitat in the Lockyer and Esk Valleys extending west throughout the Darling Downs.
The habitat preference of this species would see it occur mainly within rural properties containing favoured localities.