The Red Bellied Black Snake has a shiny black back with bright red sides, usually becoming yellowish towards the centre.
It is found near creeks, swamps and sometimes swimming pools; usually under rocks and logs, and sometimes lying in the sun in garden beds.
It's average length is 1.2m.
Although venomous and capable of inflicting a possibly fatal bite, it is usually placid and will try to avoid humans. There are no recorded deaths of bites from this snake. If you get bitten call an ambulance.
It is has been known to eat other snakes, including the dangerous eastern brown snake. They eat rats, mice, frogs, lizards, snakes and birds as well as fish and eels.
Council does not clear land to reduce snake numbers and you are not allowed to harm native animals.
More information is available at the Australian Museum.