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Keelback or Freshwater Snake

(Amphiesma Mairii)

NON-VENOMOUS

Identification: Dorsal colouration is variable being green, olive, brown, black or even red. Head is distinct from neck. Underside typically cream to salmon in colour or even olive or brown. Grows up to 1m and often with a fairly robust body.

 

Habitat: Marshlands, swamplands and around creek and river systems.

 

Diet: Frogs, tadpoles, small lIzards and fish. Can also eat the cane toad and not succumb to its toxins.

 

Reproduction: Up to 17 eggs laid in a clutch.

 

Danger: Will bite as a last resort, but completely harmless. 

Behaviour: Semi aquatic and will inflate itself if agitated and secrete foul smelling liquid from anus.

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