THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS, DISTRIBUTION MAPS AND INFORMATION
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PILBARA DEATH ADDER
Acanthophis wellsei

(was Acanthophis wellsi)

Highly Venomous - Extremely Dangerous



Photo 1903206, (c) r_o_b27, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
From Ashburton area Western Australia Photo by R.B. Mclean © r_o_b27 some rights reserved

Note that individuals without a dark head may occur in the same area as those with dark heads.


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 treatment for this species and other dangerous snakes increase 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

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

Acanthophis rugosus

NT, Qld?, New Guinea


LINKS OF INTEREST

The Reptile Database -Acanthophis wellsei

Atlas of Living Australia -Acanthophis wellsei

AROD - Pilbara death adder


LINKS OF INTEREST


Click here for a complete list of Australian Elapid snakes

Click here for more information about Australian Elapid snakes

Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia 7th Edition.jpg A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia 5th edition Edition

OTHER LINKS

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Updated June 4, 2018

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