EASTERN BROWN SNAKE Pseudon­aja spp.

Australian Geographic - - Geobuzz -

The world’s sec­ond most ven­omous land snake, with an LD rat­ing of 0.053, brown 50 snakes (now con­sid­ered to be nine closely re­lated species) have caused more than 21 deaths since 2000 – more than one a year. A bite de­liv­ers 2–6mg of venom and can cause car­diac ar­rest, but more of­ten leads to un­con­trolled bleed­ing, with symp­toms seen within 15 min­utes. Found in highly pop­u­lated ar­eas through­out eastern Aus­tralia, it’s com­monly en­coun­tered.

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