Animals Reptiles & Amphibians

Animals Reptiles & Amphibians

Death adder


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Acanthophis antarcticus
PROFILE:

The death adders are some of the most dangerous and venomous snakes in the world. There are a few different species in Australia, and all are considered “dangerously venomous.” Unlike other species of adder, the death adder is not a type of viper, but instead is an elapid and more closely related to cobras.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Reptile, Squamata (snakes and lizards); venomous
NATIVE TO:
New Guinea and Australia
CONSERVATION STATUS:
Currently Stable
DIET:
Carnivore
LIFE EXPECTANCY:
Up to 20 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Solitary
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