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New Guinea death adder

Acanthophis laevis


Death adders are the most common highly venomous terrestrial snake in northern Papua. Members of the genus also inhabit other parts of Indonesia and Australia. They are ambush predators adept at matching their camouflage to their surroundings. While resembling vipers, they are actually members of the Elapidae (as are cobras, mambas, taipans, etc).


The snake in this spotting encountered in tropical lowland swamp forest.


A fairly good-sized death adder killed by a village survey crew laborer (on his own).

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Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago


Fernando Prados
Fernando Prados 8 years ago

Is the first picture in which I can distinguish clearly a snake's tail.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

what a strange-looking body - wondered how you managed to place a coin so close to its head - then read it was dead !.
interesting information-thanks.

Scott Frazier
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Scott Frazier


Spotted on May 3, 2011
Submitted on Aug 27, 2011

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