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Tiger Snake

Tiger snake is a large venomous species found in southern parts of Australia. Individuals vary widely in color and are known to be timid in nature as they generally retreat in case of a human encounter.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Elapidae
    Genus Notechis
    Scientific Name Notechis scutatus

    Length Up to 2.9 m (10 ft) long
    Color Olive, yellow, orange-brown, or jet-black; the underside is light yellow or orange
    Distribution Southeastern Australia and southwestern Australia
    Habitat Creeks, dams, lagoons, wetlands, drains, swamps, grazing lands where there is water, under fallen timber, in deep matted vegetation,  in empty animal burrows
    Diet Fish, frogs, tadpoles, birds, mammals, lizards, carrion
    Hibernation Period Hibernates during winter months about 1-2 feet underground
    Predators Other snakes, birds of prey includes butcherbirds, goshawks,  ibises, kites, harriers, kookaburras
    Venom Fact Highly toxic (neurotoxin, that affects neural tissues)
    Breeding Season Spring
    Mode of Reproduction Viviparous (giving birth to live young)
    Litter Size 20 to 30
    Gestation Period Around 112 days
    Average Lifespan 10-15 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on September 7th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 4th June 2019.

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