The king brown snake (Pseudechis australis) is a species of highly
venomous snake of the family Elapidae, native to northern, western, and
Central Australia. Despite its common name, it is a member of the genus
Pseudechis (black snakes) and only distantly related to true brown
snakes. First described by the English zoologist John Edward Gray in
1842, it is a robust snake up to 3.3 m (11 ft) long. It is variable in
appearance, with individuals from northern Australia having tan
upperparts, while those from southern Australia are dark brown to
blackish. The dorsal scales are two-toned, sometimes giving the snake a
patterned appearance. Its underside is cream or white, often with orange
splotches. The snake is considered to be a least-concern species. Its
venomous bites often produce extensive pain and swelling, and deaths
have been recorded, most recently in 1969. Its victims are treated with
black-snake (not brown-snake) antivenom.
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