Common Death Adder


(Acanthophis antarcticus)

The Common Death Adder is found over much of eastern and coastal southern Australia. They inhabit open woodland, scrub and heathland areas.

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SUMMARY

The Common Death Adder is an ambush predator that feeds on small mammals, frogs, lizards and birds.

Key Features

Colouration may widely vary, most commonly banded in shades of brown or grey.

Length up to 1 meter

Easily distinguishable from many other Australian snakes by their short, thickset bodies and rapidly tapering tail.

DESCRIPTION

Death Adders are easily distinguishable from many other Australian snakes by their short, thickset bodies and rapidly tapering tail. They also have a prominent broad triangular shaped head.

Colouration may widely vary but most specimens exhibit some form of banded patterning in shades of brown or grey. The tail tip is usually a different colour to the rest of it's body, often brightly coloured to assist in luring it's prey.

The Common Death Adder is an ambush predator that feeds on small mammals, frogs, lizards and birds. The Common Death Adder is found over much of eastern and coastal southern Australia. They inhabit open woodland, scrub and heathland areas.

RESCUE & REHABILITATION


We offer services to help rehabilitate injured native reptiles and endeavor to re-release them back into the wild. We also offer a network for captive reptiles looking for their forever home.
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VENOMOUS SNAKES


We have compiled a list of common South Australian venomous snakes along with short profiles to assist you understanding each species. The information provided is general in nature, please contact us if you require specific advice.
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