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One of the most well known and infamous snakes, the Red-Bellied Black Snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus) is one of the most commonly encountered venomous snakes in Eastern Australia. Although it is encountered so much, not a single death has been recorded in the history of Australia. This may be because of the shy nature of the snake, but also the low toxicity of its venom. Not a large snake, it averages just about 1.25m in length but the largest specimen topped out at 2.55m. It’s diet consists of frogs, rodents, lizards, birds, snakes, and according to Victoria State Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning, it even eats eels. DID YOU KNOW: The Red-Bellied Black Snake loves to be around water and may, if frightened, retreat to water for safety. These snakes may also just float in the water without moving and can look like a stick at first glance.