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Acanthophis hawkei

Plains 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 130 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • unknown
  • Reproduction

  • unknown ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • slit (or vertical elliptical) ref
  • Fangs

  • fixed ref front-fanged ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Acanthophis hawkei  ENGLISH Cumming's Death Adder, Hawke's Death Adder, Lancaster's Death Adder, Plains Death Adder 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 hawkei

  • Plains Death Adder
  • VI. snakeID

  • 496
Look up complete taxonomic records of Acanthophis hawkei (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).