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Tiger Snake

The Tiger Snake, Notechis scutatus, is a highly venomous species of elapid snake found in Australia. They most often found along inland waterways and around the lower lakes of the River Murray. There are two species recognized; The Common Tiger Snake and The Tasmanian Tiger Snake.

As with most snakes color varies widely among tiger snakes and is an unreliable means of identifying the species. Colors can vary from jet black, yellow/orange with gray bands, and sandy gray with no bands. There are also unconfirmed reports of red-bellied snakes. Most tiger snakes found away from mainland Australia are usually uniformly black.

Tiger snakes give birth to live young and can have as many as 30 young at a time. The Tasmanian tiger snake has two fangs in the top corners of the upper jaw. They can be very aggressive, advancing upon humans with significant speed if confronted.

Tiger Snake