Latin Name: Acanthophis antarticus

Locailty: Eastern Australia (excluding far north and south) and southern SA and WA.

Although they are called death adders they are not a true adder. They belong to the same family as most Australian venomous snakes. This is called elapid (fixed front fanged). Adders belong to a family called viperid (hinged fangs). Because death adders are slow to retreat they usually rely on their camouflage from potential danger. Up to one metre long.

Fact: Their tail is a caudal lure, which is what they use to attract their prey. They curl up so their tail is near their face and wiggle their tail to attract their prey.

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