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Acanthophis antarcticus

Common Death Adder

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous bite ref
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A bite from a Death Adder can be almost painless. You may be bitten and envenominated without knowing it. This snake will not try to escape, but stay where it is and try to hide. If you come too close or even step on it, you will be bitten.


Members of this genus are short, squat terrestrial snakes. These snakes are true ambush hunters.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 100 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • 15 to 15.2 cm ref
  • Reproduction

  • ovoviviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • slit (or vertical elliptical) ref
  • Fangs

  • rotatable ref front-fanged ref
  • Teeth/Fang Length

  • 8.3 mm ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Acanthophis antarcticus  DUTCH Doodsadder, ENGLISH Common Death Adder, Deaf Adder, Southern Death Adder, FRENCH Vipère De La Mort, GERMAN Australische Todesotter, Gewöhnliche Todesotter ref
Acanthophis antarcticus antarcticus ref
Acanthophis antarcticus schistos ref

Full Taxonomy

  • I. Superfamily Colubroidea

  • Colubrids, elapids and vipers
  • II. Family Elapidae

  • Elapids
  • III. Subfamily Hydrophiinae

  • Sea snakes
  • IV. Genus Acanthophis

  • Death adders
  • V. Species Acanthophis antarcticus

  • Common Death Adder
  • VI. snakeID

  • 495
Look up complete taxonomic records of Acanthophis antarcticus (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).