Red Belly Twist

Red bellied black snakes are very common around Sydney and parts of Australia.

At this time of the year, my teachers remind us all that snakes are getting warmer and have more energy, and that if we are walking near the bush, or even in our own backyards, we might see one!

This is the time of the year for mating if you are a snake and the red bellied black snakes at Taronga have been doing just that. Mum’s friend Janie, is a Reptile Keeper and also a cool photographer and she took some photos of the snakes as they played and twisted around each other as they mated. They are great photos and you can really see the snakes getting into knots!

If you see a snake around your house or school, remember they can be very dangerous! Some snakes are venomous and all snakes will bite if they get scared and need to defend themselves. Mum says it because they can’t put on boxing gloves and fight back, and I guess that’s very true!