Australia Coral Snake
S1, dorsal, moment of release
Murray Mallee Region
Australia Coral Snake
S2, Head & Snout
Australia Coral Snake (Brachyurophis australis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Reptiles (Reptilia)
Order: Scaled Reptiles (Squamata)
Family: Venomous snake (Elapidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Australia Coral Snake (Brachyurophis australis)
This Photo:     🔍S1, profile🔎

Thank you Prakrit Jain for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found in the Murray Mallee SA, Riverland and possibly elsewhere
Two of these were found on an expedition North of here, with a team of people helping with id's.
A small beautiful snake with 2 black patches on it's head & neck. Specimen 2 was ~260mm long (full length as we aren't sure where the vent is, we weren't able get ventral shots). The dorsal area is covered with large red patches, of varying widths, separated by white & black diamonds. This gives it a very striped appearance.
They have a curious snout, like a curved up lip.
Shown here is the 1st specimen at the point of release. The 2nd specimen was covered in sand which hid the patterns, but we managed to get the shape of the stout in one shot.

Copyright © 2019-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 14-Oct-2019
This species is classed as RA (Rare) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)