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Common Death Adder

Acanthophis antarcticus


A wonderful snake that I have finally had the opportunity to take pics of. Max length up to 1m. Variable color patterns depending on the habitat. Segmented tail-tip cream or black.


Found in Rainforest to shrublands and heath. Very large fangs for its size and delivers a large amount of neurotoxic venom.


A slow moving snake that normally lie unmoving in leaf litter or sand to help camouflaged themselves. The small tip of the tail mimics a worm or small insect which it wriggles in front of its mouth waiting for a passing mammal or reptile to take the bait.

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ScottHarte 8 years ago

Thanks, it was my first death adder. I've been looking for them for a while.

MartinL 8 years ago

Yikes, I don't like that they are common! Nice spotting of the only viper species in Australia.

LeanneGardner 8 years ago

Wow! Great spotting Scott!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Wow - another one I would love to see in the wild. Great set of pics - thanks Scott.

ScottHarte 8 years ago

Thanks, I always check the dry river beds but never see them, thankfully this one was just lazing in the middle of the walking path

lori.tas 8 years ago

Awesome spotting. Glad you didn't discover it the "hard way".

LisaPowers 8 years ago


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4819, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Aug 28, 2012
Submitted on Sep 8, 2012

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