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DESERT DEATH ADDER
Acanthophis pyrrhus
Highly Venomous - Extremely Dangerous
  
Desert Death Adder (Acanthophis pyrrhus) Christopher Watson (http://www.comebirdwatching.blogspot.com/), CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

 

DESERT DEATH ADDER Acanthophis pyrrhus mao
Approximate distribution of the Desert Death Adder (Acanthophis pyrrhus)


DESERT DEATH ADDER Acanthophis pyrrhus
Captive Desert Death Adder (Acanthophis pyrrhus)

Note that the Desert Death Adder (Acanthophis pyrrhus) has keeled scales

Click here to see photos of Desert Death Adders (Acanthophis pyrrhus) at flickr
Click here to see photos of Desert Death Adders (Acanthophis pyrrhus) at Flickr

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.

Click here to see more photos of Desert Death Adders (Acanthophis pyrrhus) at Flickr

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)

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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