Spotted Mulga Snake



Common Name: Spotted Mulga Snake
Scientific Name: Pseudechis butleri
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Pseudechis
Status: Secure – Category 5
Size: TL 1500mm

—— Description ——
Ground colour dark grey to black. Most scales enclose a prominent pale grey, cream to yellow blotch, which become larger on flanks. These are mixed with irregular clusters of black scales. Top of head and nape blackish with few, if any, pale spots. Snout and side of head reddish-brown. Juveniles are dark bluish-grey and obscurely patterned. Ventral surfaces cream to bright yellow, each ventral scale irregularly edged, and occasionally flecked, with black. Midbody scales in 17 rows. TL 1.5m. Distinguished from P. australis by pattern (prominent; pale-centred scales mixed with clusters of black scales vs weak; uniform to reticulated). Differs further in bearing a black base to each ventral scale and (within zone of overlap) more numerous ventral scales (204-216 vs 189-207).

—— Preferred Habitat ——
Arid midwestern interior of W.A., on heavy (often stony) soils dominated by mulga (Acacia aneura) woodlands and shrublands.

—— Micro Habitat ——
Shelters in abandoned burrows, beneath dead vegetation, and in wind- or water-worn caves of breakaways, extensive throughout range.

The following equipment is needed for this reptile:

  • A suitable heating source, ie: Heat Element, Heat Mat, Heat Cord and Heat Lamp.
  • Adequate lighting, ie: UVA – UVB.
  • Water Bowl.
  • Other optional products are also available to ensure total comfort for your reptile.