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Kimberley death adder

Kimberley death adder (Acanthophis cryptamydros)
North Kimberley, Western Australia
Photo © Brendan Schembri
Acanthophis cryptamydros - Maddock, Ellis, Doughty, Smith & Wüster, 2015
Pronunciation  AK-anth-OH-fiss   KRIPT-ah-MY-dros
Etymology  Acanthophis: 'spine snake', refering to the spine at the tip of the tail.
cryptamydros: "The specific epithet is modified from the Greek words kryptos (cryptic, hidden) and amydros (indistinct, dim) in reference to the cryptic nature of the species and its indistinct appearance relative to its surroundings making its presence unknown to predators and prey. Used as a noun in apposition."1
Other names  Acanthophis lancasteri 
Total length
Species avg: 43 cm
Litter size
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


Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Western Australia, Northern Territory


Savannah woodland, often associated with sandstone or basalt outcrops.

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