Description: Reddish, yellowish, or brown color with distinct dark brown crossbands The end of its tail is black, ending in a hard spine.
Characteristics: When aroused, this highly dangerous snake will flatten its entire body, ready to strike over a short distance. It is nocturnal, hiding by day and coming out to feed at night. Although it has the appearance of a viper, it is related to the cobra family. Its venom is a powerful neurotoxin; its causes mortality in about 50 percent of the victims, even with treatment.
Habitat: Usually found in arid regions, fields, and wooded lands.
Length: Average 45 centimeters, maximum 90 centimeters.
Distribution: Australia, New Guinea, and Moluccas.Back to Poisonous Snakes and Lizards
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