Common Death Adder

Acanthophis antarcticus

The Common Death Adder can be found along the East coast of Australian, it lives in forests and woodlands, grasslands and heath and is probably one of the easily recognised due to having a short and stout body, thin tail and triangular-shaped head.

But even though it is easily recognised that does not mean you will notice it. This snake does not move about searching for prey, the Death Adder will be covered in leaves making it inconspicuous as it lies coiled in ambush. It twitches the end of its grub-like tail close to its head as a lure and when an animal approaches to investigate the movement, the death adder quickly strikes, injecting its venom. It waits patiently for the victim to die before eating it. Prey includes frogs, lizards and birds.

This snake give birth to up to 24 live young.

Death adders have relatively large fangs and they are venomous.