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.