Death Adder

Death Adder

Check out Australia Zoo’s Death Adder!

Here at Australia Zoo we are home to some you-beaut reptiles! Visit our Reptile House and find our impressive death adders for yourself.  You might need a keen eye because they are the masters of camouflage.

 

Death Adder Snake camouflaged on the ground close to their face looking to the right.

 

Found along the coastal regions of eastern and southern Australia, these snakes are one of the coolest creatures to call Australia home. They are small and stocky, growing to be just one metre in length.

 

Death Adder Snake staring at the camera with their tongue out.

 

Utilising their outstanding camouflage abilities, death adders will lie in wait for any unsuspecting prey that passes by, such as mammals, birds and reptiles. By wiggling the end of their tail, they entice prey in close enough for their rapid strike, the fastest of any Australian snake! Crikey! Their potent venom immobilises their prey at which point they consume it whole!

 

Death adders are viviparous, meaning they produce live young. Up to 20 babies are born in each litter!

 

Death Adder Snake wrapped around itself on the ground.

 

Due to their successful camouflage techniques and tendency to to stay still, bush walkers should always keep their eyes peeled so as to not accidentally tread on one.

  • Class of animal icon
    Class

    Reptilia

  • Genus of animal icon
    Genus

    Acanthophis

  • Species of animal icon
    Species

    antarcticus

  • height of animal icon
    Length

    Up to 1 metre

  • weight of animal icon
    Weight

    Up to 1 kilogram

  • diet of animal icon
    Diet

    Carnivore

  • gestation of animal icon
    Gestation

    90 - 120 days