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Kraits Cobras Sea Snakes and Relatives: Elapidae - Death Adder (acanthophis Antarcticus): Species Accounts

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Physical characteristics: The death adder has a thick body, with bands of light brown to black. Adults are about 20 to 39 inches (0.5 to 1 meter) long.

Geographic range: The death adder is found in Australia.

Habitat: Death adders live in dry areas, including grasslands and deserts, in eastern and southern Australia. It also sometimes wanders into cities.

Diet: The death adder eats mainly small reptiles but also frogs and small mammals.

The death adder eats mainly small reptiles but also frogs and small mammals. (Frith Photo/Bruce Coleman Inc. Reproduced by permission.)

Behavior and reproduction: Most members of this family actively search out prey to eat, but the death adder buries itself, leaving out just the tip of its tail. The tail tip, which looks like a worm, catches the attention of their prey. When the prey animals get close, the adder strikes. The death adder is a secretive snake and is most active at night. Females give birth to live snakes, instead of laying eggs; they may have up to twenty young at a time.

Death adders and people: The snake's venom is very strong and can kill people. Antivenin is available.

Conservation status: The death adder is not endangered or threatened. ∎

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over 9 years ago

hello i did a project on death adders because i am currently doing murder under the microscope i am very proud of my project and so is my teacher because i found all my information on this website. fro tori

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about 10 years ago


i am doing the death adder for a school project and i am very amazed what i have found out. what amazes me is how it gets its pray. the death adder waits for the food to come to them were other snakes would go hunting for there food. and i also found out that the death adder barly ever misses there target and the fangs on the death adder can rotate forward just in time to strike. the death adder can strike there prey as fast as lighting and injects 85 milligrams into there prey.

well thank you and i hope you have a good day and you leart a bit more like i did today.

from amy