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King Brown Snake Hatchling Yawning In Its Shell Goes Viral

The little hatchling became a sensation on Facebook

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The latest reptile video to go viral is that of a king brown snake (Pseudechis australis) hatchling, still in its shell, taking a great big yawn, as if he awoke from a deep slumber and is getting ready to face the big and wild world of The Australian Reptile Park.


Such a special moment caught by our head of Reptiles & Venom Billy Collett! One of our brand new, freshly hatched king brown snakes taking its very first breath!!!!

Posted by The Australian Reptile Park on Friday, January 22, 2016

The park’s head of Reptiles & Venom, Billy Collett, posted the video January 22 and it is becoming a bit of a sensation on social media. The video has garnered more than 1,300 likes and more than 1200 shares since it was posted last week. Collett is holding the little snake and its eggshell in the palm of his hand when the snake decides to yawn.

Now if those who are scared of snakes would just get to look at this cute video of a hatchling yawning, perhaps they wouldn’t be so scared of snakes and snakes wouldn’t get such a bad rap. 

The king brown snake is also known as the mulga snake or the Pilbara cobra. It is native to Australia and is one of the largest venomous snakes in the world, capable of reaching close to  10 feet in length. The average adult king brown is around 5 feet in length. Although they are called the king brown, they are actually placed in the genus Pseudechis, which is the black snake genus. They are found in almost all states in Australia except Victoria and Tasmania, living in woodlands, hummock grasslands, scrublands and sandy deserts.They feed on lizards, birds, small mammals and frogs, as well as other snakes, including other venomous snakes.