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Death Adder

Death adder or common death adder is a species of highly venomous snake indigenous to Australia. Despite being considered least concern, its populations are currently threatened by the cane toad invasion in the country.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Elapidae
    Genus Acanthophis
    Scientific Name Acanthophis antarcticus


    Length 70-100 cm (30-40 in)
    Color Red, brown or black with gray bands; the belly is cream or pink
    Distribution Queensland, Victoria,  New South Wales and southern Australia; Papua New Guinea
    Habitat Forests, grasslands, woodlands and evergreen shrub areas
    Diet Small mammals and birds
    Hibernation Fact Hibernates through the cold winter
    Venom Fact One of the most venomous snakes in the world, with a potentially fatal bite
    Breeding Season Can occur any time of the year but, mainly in Spring, late autumn or early summer
    Mode of Reproduction Viviparous (gives birth to live young ones)
    Litter Size 3 – 20
    Reproductive Age Males: 24 months
    Females: 42 months
    Average Lifespan Maximum 9.3 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern


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    Published on August 13th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 30th March 2017.

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