The red-bellied black snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus) is a species of elapid snake native to eastern Australia. Though its venom is capable of causing significant morbidity, a bite from it is not generally fatal and is less venomous than other deadly Australian snakes. It is common in woodlands, forests, and swamplands of eastern Australia. It is one of Australia’s best-known snakes, as it is common in urban areas along the eastern coast of Australia. It has an average total length of 1.5 to 2 metres.
This is generally not an aggressive species. However, when provoked, it will recoil into its striking stance as a threat, but will try to escape at the first opportunity. It is most active by day. When not hunting or basking it may be found beneath timber, rocks, and rubbish or down holes and burrows.
The diet of red-bellied black snakes primarily consists of frogs, but it also preys on reptiles and small mammals. They also eat other snakes, including those of their own species. [Wikipedia]
The Greater Short-horned Lizard, Phrynosoma (douglasii) hernandesi, a beautiful, live-bearing taxon, ranges southward from southern Saskatchewan to far south in Mexico. It occurs ion a wide variety of habitats including open woodland areas of the Guadalupe Mountains (as shown here).
(photo/text: Dick Bartlett)
This is another info graphic I did advocating for snakes. When spring comes around snakes start to come out of hibernation and sometimes will end up in people’s backyards. Snakes around this time are killed left and right, whether it is completely harmless or venomous. I want to urge people to learn about snakes and also to leave snakes alone!
THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY IN MANY WAYS