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COMMON DEATH ADDER
Acanthophis antarcticus

Highly Venomous - Extremely Dangerous
Common Death Adder (Acanthophis antarcticus)
Common Death Adder (Acanthophis antarcticus) from Eyre Peninsula, SA.

COMMON DEATH ADDER Acanthophis antarcticus distribution map
Common Death Adder (Acanthophis antarcticus)

Common Death Adder (Acanthophis antarcticus)
Common Death Adder (Acanthophis antarcticus)

Common Death Adder (Acanthophis antarcticus)
Common Death Adder (Acanthophis antarcticus)

Common Death Adder (Acanthophis antarcticus)
Common Death Adder (Acanthophis antarcticus)

COMMON DEATH ADDER
Common Death Adder (Acanthophis antarcticus) ?


Common Death Adder (Acanthophis antarcticus)
Common Death Adder (Acanthophis antarcticus)

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

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

Top End Death Adder Rough-scaled Death Adder or Papuan Death Adder

Acanthophis rugosus

NT, Qld?, New Guinea

Pilbara Death Adder

Acanthophis wellsei (was Acanthophis wellsi)

WA


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Click here for a complete list of Elapid snakes found in South Australia

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