Northern Death Adder
|Geographical Range||Northern Australia|
|Habitat||Forests and woodlands|
|Scientific Name||Acanthophis praelongus|
|Conservation Status||Not listed by IUCN|
The death adder is well named: its potent, fast-acting venom accounts for a large number of Australia's serious snakebites. This snake uses a clever trick to catch lizards, birds and small mammals. It lifts the brightly colored tip of its tail and slowly waves it, mimicking the movement of a caterpillar. As the unsuspecting prey approaches the lure, the snake pounces on it with a quick strike.
Did You Know?
Death adders are members of the cobra family.