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TOP END DEATH ADDER
also known as:-
Papuan Death Adder, Woodland Death Adder or

Rough Scaled Death Adder

Acanthophis rugosus
(Previously considered to be Acanthophis praelongus )

Highly Venomous - Extremely Dangerous

Acanthophis rugosus, Woodland Death Adder
"Acanthophis rugosus, Woodland Death Adder"
by Scott Eipper is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0



Approximate distribution of the Rough Scaled Death Adder (Acanthophis rugosus)
Approximate distribution of the Rough Scaled Death Adder (Acanthophis rugosus)

 


Acanthophis rugosus
The Rough Scaled Death Adder (Acanthophis rugosus) above is from the Adelaide River black soil flood plains, Northern Territory

 

Click here to see photos of Rough Scaled Death Adders (Acanthophis rugosus) at flickr
Click here to see more photos of Rough Scaled Death Adders (Acanthophis rugosus) at Flickr



Note that although these are called adders they are not adders (or vipers) but are in the Elapid family (which includes cobras and Australian front fanged snakes)

Venomous snakes do not always inject venom when biting, those bites are called dry bites, however due to the extremely high toxicity of the venom of this species, it is vital that first aid is performed immediately (constrictive bandage etc.) and the patient is taken as fast as possible to hospital. Lack of symptoms may not mean that the victim has not been envenomated.

Correct and immediate first aid and treatment for this species and other dangerous snakes increases the chance of survival.

Although people are commonly bitten by dangerous snakes in Australia, the actual number of deaths is actually very low, due to antivenines and medical procedures.



SIMILAR SPECIES

COMMON NAME (INTERNAL LINK)

SCIENTIFIC NAME
(EXTERNAL LINK)

DISTRIBUTION

Common Death Adder

Acanthophis antarcticus

NSW, Qld, SA, WA

Kimberley Death Adder

Acanthophis cryptamydros

(Kimberly region) WA

* Barkly Death Adder

Acanthophis hawkei

NT, Qld? (Barkly Tablelands)

North-eastern Death Adder

Acanthophis praelongus

Qld. (NOT FOUND IN NT)

Desert Death Adder

Acanthophis pyrrhus

NT, Qld, SA, WA

Pilbara Death Adder

Acanthophis wellsei (was Acanthophis wellsi)

WA


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