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Black Tiger Snake

Notechis ater

Description:

The Black Tiger Snake has very dark brown head and body, sometimes with lighter cross bands. The belly is light to dark grey.

Habitat:

Dry rocky areas, marshland and coastal dune grassland. Lives in drier habitats than common tiger snakes although restricted to areas experiencing coastal rainfall.

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12 Comments

lori.tas
lori.tas 9 years ago

Emma, tigers are very fast, and yes I certainly had to "put a move on". That said, it didn't chase me very far, and I pretty much just dodged it until it decided to continue on towards the grass on the other side of the road. While I agree with Christiane, that's it's usually best to stay still, it clearly wanted me to back off, so I did.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Fabulous photos... these can be quite aggressive when they have a nearby brood to protect.

Thank you, Marta, Saarbrigger and Christiane for your comments :).

Christiane
Christiane 9 years ago

Never run or move, when a snake comes towards you.. If you stand still it can not see you.. and if a snake is " chasing" you you are in her/his way to the next safe place! Hardest part is to actually stand still!! :)

Saarbrigger
Saarbrigger 9 years ago

Wow. This picture is great. I hope you had good tele on your camera and ii did not get you. :-)

marta vázquez
marta vázquez 9 years ago

Impressive!

Thank you all very much for you nice comments :).

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

@ Lori, is the snake really fast when it is chasing you?Would you have to run really hard?Just wondering!

SeanWeekly
SeanWeekly 9 years ago

Amazing picture! your daring to get that close... I love flicking through the 1st n 2nd picture really quickly and watching the little fellas tongue poke in and out ha ha

Annelies
Annelies 9 years ago

What a beautiful snake! Great picture!

Don't know why, but i'm quite lucky with snakes and handeling them :). Never got chased or anything so far :D.

lori.tas
lori.tas 9 years ago

I got chased by one for the first time last Fall. It was on the road and I tried to shoo it off, but it charged me instead. I'm not scared of snakes, so I just gave it sufficient room and finally got it off the road.

New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Jan 17, 2010
Submitted on Aug 22, 2011

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