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Common Death Adder

Acanthophis antarcticus


To all my Chinese friends. Happy New Year!!!! May the year of the snake be prosperous and happy for you all. :)


Strangely enough, death adders are not true adders. They belong to the same family as other venomous Australian snakes, the elapids. They have evolved their similarity to adders, which are actually members of the viper family, in response to their environment and their sit and wait style of life, which does not require a snake to be long and agile but short and muscular for a quick strike when necessary.

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41 Comments (1–25)

armadeus.4 6 years ago

Wonderful photo Christiane. Incredibly beautiful snake. Very interesting information about them too. Thank you for sharing :)

Pat10 6 years ago

It is very long and fat. It looks dangerous. It seems huge. It looks poisonous.
It seems very heavy.

Form II Brown - Saint George´s School

rams4d 9 years ago

Nice colors !!!

Noah Citizen
Noah Citizen 10 years ago

Superb spotting!

Christiane 10 years ago

Thanks EnvUnlimited

Christiane 10 years ago

Thanks to all you beautiful people..

drpalombella 10 years ago

Beautiful snake!

LeanneGardner 10 years ago

Fantastic! Congratulations Christiane!

chebeague3 10 years ago

very cool poisonis

NuwanChathuranga 10 years ago

Congrats Christiane !!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Congratulations Christiane :):)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 10 years ago

Congratulations Christiane ! and I hope all goes well for you too, this year !!

JillBlack 10 years ago

Congratulations of SOTD nice pic

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

Congratulations on your SOTD!

Tom15 10 years ago

Great pic, and very deserving of POTD! Congratulations.

Wow,great encounter :-)

Christiane 10 years ago

This guy was scared away by the car.. I know how hard they are to spot.. My last one was right beside were I put my food. Lucky it did not attack. It did not even move. The flood washed out a lot of snakes. Yesterday I spotted my first tiger snake on my farm.

Amazing capture Christiane,congrats on the SOTD,thanks for sharing

ShannaB 10 years ago

Congrats Christiane, and happy Year of the Snake to you too!! How on earth did you find this guy, was it just sitting out in the open like that? (It's so very hard to spot one in the wild!) : )

Seema 10 years ago


Josh Asel
Josh Asel 10 years ago

Beautiful spotting congrats!

Christiane 10 years ago

Thanks for all the great comments and the likes.. I hope we all have a good YEAR OF THE SNAKE.. with lots of great photos. :)

AshleyT 10 years ago

Congrats Christiane, I love this photo a lot! And a happy snake year to you too :)

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 10 years ago

Awesome spot! Congrats!

Carol Milne
Carol Milne 10 years ago

Congratulations on SOTD Christiane! Awesome snake! Has such wonderful markings.

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QLD, Australia

Spotted on Feb 10, 2013
Submitted on Feb 10, 2013

Spotted for Mission

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