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brown tree snake

Brown Tree Snake - Boiga irregularis

This snake is an aggressive species and will bite if even slightly threatened. This species is venomous. However, it is not considered dangerous, with the bite only having a stinging effect. The Brown Tree Snake is uncommon in the Sydney region, although it has been seen on several occasions. They are sighted much more often in the mid north coast regions. It favours regions with sandstone caves, amongst which it hides.

Its colour is brown with irregular dark bands which may result in confusion with the highly venemous Eastern Tiger Snake. However, this species can be distinguished from the Tiger Snake by its salmon belly and a difference in head shape.

The Brown Tree Snake has large orange eyes and lies with its head in the striking position as a defense mechanism and also in case a prey item approaches.

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