Acanthophis antarcticus

Common Death Adder

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous 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
  • Weight Range

  • ??? gr - 252 gr ref
  • Pupil Shape

  • Dentition Type

  • rotatable front fangs ref
  • Teeth/Fang Length

  • 8.3 mm ref

Altitude range

Vertical distribution

??? to ??? meter above sea level ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Acanthophis antarcticus (not specific) 0 DUTCH Doodsadder, ENGLISH Common Death Adder, Deaf adder, Southern Death Adder, FRENCH Vipère de la mort, GERMAN Australische Todesotter, Gewöhnliche Todesotter Acanthophis antarcticus antarcticus 1 Acanthophis antarcticus schistos 51

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
Complete taxonomy of Acanthophis antarcticus at The Reptile Database.