(Notechis ater serventyi)
The Chappell Island tiger snake is the largest member of the tiger snake family. As one of Australia’s deadliest, it has a big strong body, dark stout head, and can reach up to 1.9m long. Its magnificent olive-green to black body colouring, with lighter bands and underbelly, sets the Chappell Island tiger snake apart from other tiger snakes.
The Chappell Island tiger snake is named after the place where it is most commonly found, Mount Chappell Island. Situated off the north-eastern Tasmanian coastline, Mount Chappell Island is one of several islands that form the Furneaux Group. The Chappell Island tiger snake is found on most of the islands in the group.
In the wild, the Chappell Island tiger snake preys on small birds, predominantly shearwater chicks. They will also eat frogs and other small mammals.
Like all tiger snakes, the Chappell Island tiger snake does not lay eggs. Females give birth to 20 – 30 live young.
Chappell Island Tiger Snake Profiles
Chocolate is a Chappell Island tiger snake. He arrived at Australia Zoo in 2009 as an adult, from a wildlife sanctuary in Tasmania.
Chocolate is a happy bachelor. His quiet and gentle nature makes him a pleasure to work with. And with his unique colouration, Chocolate is a bit of a favourite among his handlers.