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Notechis scutatus

Mainland Tiger Snake

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous bite ref
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Tiger snakes generally avoid human contact and are not aggressive. Can be very aggressive when molested, will bite multiple times. Bite victims may bleed to death. Tiger snakes are responsible for many deathly snake bites in southern Australia.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 290 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • 25 cm ref
  • Reproduction

  • ovoviviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) ref
  • Fangs

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

  • 5.5 mm ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Notechis scutatus  DUTCH Australische Tijgerslang, ENGLISH Black Tiger Snake, Chappell Island Tiger Snake, Common Tiger Snake, Eastern Tiger Snake, Krefft's Tiger Snake, Mainland Island Snake, Mainland Tiger Snake, Peninsular Tiger Snake, Tasmanian Tiger Snake, GERMAN √∂stliche Tigerotter, Schwarze Tigerotter ref
Notechis scutatus scutatus ref
Notechis scutatus occidentalis ENGLISH Western Tiger Snake, GERMAN Westliche Tigerotter ref

Full Taxonomy

  • I. Superfamily Colubroidea

  • Colubrids, elapids and vipers
  • II. Family Elapidae

  • Elapids
  • III. Subfamily Hydrophiinae

  • Sea snakes
  • IV. Genus Notechis

  • Tiger snakes
  • V. Species Notechis scutatus

  • Mainland tiger snake
  • VI. snakeID

  • 756
Look up complete taxonomic records of Notechis scutatus (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).