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Common death adder

common death adder (Acanthophis antarcticus)
Bringalily State Forest, Queensland
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Acanthophis antarcticus - (Shaw & Nodder, 1802)
Pronunciation  AK-anth-OH-fiss   an-TARK-tick-uss
Etymology  Acanthophis: 'spine snake', refering to the spine at the tip of the tail.
antarcticus: 'southern', referring to Australia's position in the Southern Hemisphere.
Other names  Coastal death adder
Boa antarctica 
Total length
Species avg: 70 cm
Species max: 100 cm
Litter size
Average: 8
Range: 2 - 33
Length and clutch size information comes from a variety of sources, but primarily from Shine (1991) and Cogger (2000).
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Eastern and southern Australia, but largely absent from Victoria.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia


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