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Barkly Death Adder

Barkly Death Adder (Acanthophis hawkei)
Barkly Tablelands, Northern Territory
Photo © Chris Jolly
Acanthophis hawkei - Wells & Wellington, 1985
Pronunciation  AK-anth-OH-fiss   HAWK-ee
Etymology  Acanthophis: 'spine snake', refering to the spine at the tip of the tail.
hawkei: named after former Australian Prime Minister, Bob Hawke,
Other names   
Total length
Species avg: 130 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


Often considered to be restricted to the blacksoil plains of the Barkly Tableland, and possibly the Adelaide River floodplain near Darwin.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Northern Territory


Periodically inundated cracking-soil plains.

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