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REPTILES - CHAPPELL ISLAND TIGER SNAKE

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(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.

Habitat

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.

Diet

In the wild, the Chappell Island tiger snake preys on small birds, predominantly shearwater chicks. They will also eat frogs and other small mammals.

Breeding

Like all tiger snakes, the Chappell Island tiger snake does not lay eggs. Females give birth to 20 – 30 live young.

Notechis ater serventyi

Display Status

Off DisplayOur Amazing Chappell-island-tiger-snake-(s) are currently off display

Threat Level

Least Concern

Least Concern