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Black Tiger Snake

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


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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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 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 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


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

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 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 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 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

Spotted for Mission

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