Finally I came across my first snake of the summer yesterday - very exciting. This guy was a very young Brown Snake, only 30 cm in length. The black bands on the head fade with age but may still be evident in some adults. Brown snakes are highly venomous and one of Australias most dangerous reptiles. Juvenile snakes, such as this fine specimen, still have the potential to deliver a nasty bite!
Very nice close up photo. I'm sure most folks wouldn't want to get that close. The mouth looks like it could open very wide. I'm also surprised the venom of the juvenile's aren't as potent as an adult's. Where I live rattlesnake, cottonmouth, and water mocassin youth are certainly able to deliver a fatal bite.
Keep the great pictures coming. Thanks
Marc on 23rd February 2006 @ 2:21pm
Hi Marc - thanks for the comments. Yes the baby brown snakes are just as dangerous as the adults!
David on 23rd February 2006 @ 2:22pm
Great photo David! I wish I could find snakes like that here in the states. Looks like I need to take a visit to Australia.
I've been enjoying all your photos with a little educational bit too! Keep it up!
Blaine Franger on 23rd February 2006 @ 2:25pm
lovely browns, amazing how you've kept such a perfectly balanced dof!
pooh on 23rd February 2006 @ 2:26pm
coffeelover on 23rd February 2006 @ 2:28pm
what a beauty Dave... i had an adult come into my house one summer during a flood... very scary indeed!!
Love how the sun just lights this little guy up.. well done
Leisa on 23rd February 2006 @ 2:32pm
You are fearless !?
You are not afraid to be bitten if you don't see the snake in time?
Sidney on 23rd February 2006 @ 2:33pm
I've always wanted to photograph snakes. Good on you for doing so! Did you bring anti venom? ;)
kk on 23rd February 2006 @ 2:33pm
Thanks again all for the positive feedback! cheers
david on 23rd February 2006 @ 2:37pm
This is an awesome shot. I know you wouldn't get me this close to a brown snake! Nicely done.
Ian on 27th February 2006 @ 6:01pm
How adorable. You usually don't say that for a snake. The colors are very nice.
alicia on 27th February 2006 @ 6:22pm
Hi David. I came across your photos looking for pictures of baby brown snakes. One came in the library today where I work. It was very handsome with a black head, like the one in your shot. It also had stripes across its body all the way down. We had a good look at it after we had caught it, it looked very well fed. But boy was it aggressive!!
on 27th February 2006 @ 8:39pm
FINALLY A PICTURE OF A BABY BROWN SNAKE!! LOOKED EVERY WHERE TRYING TO IDENTIFY THIS SNAKE THAT WAS 1 FOOT LONG WAITING FOR ME AT MY BACK STEP! NOBODY IN DUBBO KNEW WHAT SORT IT WAS THEY ALL SAID IT WAS A COPPER HEAD. SO THANKYOU FOR YOUR WEB SITE AND PICTURES IT WAS VERY HELPFUL
JANA on 2nd March 2006 @ 5:31pm
Unfortunately I found one today on our property. It's the first snake I've seen all summer long. I was afraid that my Jack Russell x Mini Foxy would get hold of it and that would mean the end of his days so I dispatched it. I was very sad to do so. He/she was a beautiful snake. they are lovely when they are young but I know just as lethal. We sold a much larger property last year that was abundant with Tigers and Browns however I have never seen one so young before. He was so tiny that I really wasn't afraid of him at all but knew his venomous potential.
on 5th March 2006 @ 4:47pm
P.S. Your photo is lovely! They are beautiful when they are young aren't they?
on 5th March 2006 @ 4:48pm
just found one in my back yard. thanks for the info looked every where to identify him. my little jack russell got him if theres one will there be more (hope not)
on 6th March 2006 @ 5:29pm
Nice shot. Spot on about how hard it is to find pic of one. Started looking for pics after one happened by while i was watching the world go by in my front yard.
Dan on 17th March 2006 @ 5:16pm
today i was cleaning out the vacume cleaner because it wasnt sucking up the dirt on the carpet and there was a baby brown snake muched up in head of the vacume cleacer i was so scared im only 12 and then at 12:25 our cat misty brang in a baby brown snake my mum was scarming and we didnt no what to do so we grabbed the buket and catght the snake and its now in a jar
brenna on 25th February 2007 @ 11:33am
David, Please edit your caption to let people know that these little snakes are particularly deadly. The Adult browns meter the dose of their bite according to the size of what they bite. Enough to slow them but saving the rest for future bites. Baby browns haven't yet learned to conserve their venom, so they inject everything in one bite.
They are more likely to give a lethal dose than an adult so don't be fooled by the cuteness. DO NOT TOUCH this snake.
Jason on 6th May 2008 @ 12:47pm
just caught a baby brown snake when i was weeding the garding just after big rain fall.
I was about 75% sure what kind of snake it was but then i saw its head, and i was immediatly puzzled. I found the picture of your first baby brown for the 2006 summer and it is identical. I want to thank you for taking these awsome photos and putting them on your very cool website, im not the great on a computer but I found your site to be easy to understand and packed with infomation and great close ups.
Keep up the great work mate and stay safe.
The Rock N.S.W
tommy mcintyre on 28th February 2013 @ 2:55pm
we found a baby brown yesterday in our yard does any 1 no if mum would b around with the baby
tracey on 9th March 2013 @ 8:48am