This is a snake that you dont want to accidentally step on. They are highly venomous and account for a large percentage of the serious snake bites in Australia, mostly involving people stepping on snakes that they didnt see. Fortunately they are also slow-moving, and when disturbed they tend to nearly instantly flatten their bodies and curl into a semi-coiled position, so they are easy to photograph once you have seen one and not trodden upon it. This one was moving slowly across the road at night, so there was little chance of being trodden upon.
Ive written up an account of this three-week trip to Australia here.
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