Zoo Animals

King Brown Snake

King brown snake

Pseudechis australis

At the Detroit Zoo
The king brown snake can be found inside the Holden Reptile Conservation Center, located near the middle of the Detroit Zoo. There, visitors can learn about the 70 different species (and approximately 150 individuals) of reptiles at the Zoo, approximately 45 percent of which are considered threatened or endangered in the wild.

Description
Australia’s most common and widespread venomous snakes, the king brown snakes are a stocky species with broad heads, large eyes and rounded muzzles. The back of the snakes are pale to mid-brown, reddish-brown or dark olive, becoming paler on the sides, while the undersides are generally yellow, orange or pinkish. Their scales are smooth and overlap each other, and those on their backs may be marked with black tips or black borders. King brown snakes have two grooved fangs in the front of their mouths, and some smaller, solid teeth further back.

Fun Facts

  • The highly venomous king brown snakes have the largest recorded venom output of any snake.