Terry Watts (sirterrywatts) wrote,
Terry Watts
sirterrywatts

Death Adder - Acanthophis antarcticus

Today I decided to write about one of the most venomous snakes in Australia, and the world. Bringing readers face to face with the Death Adder.

The Snake below is ironically named the common death adder. Which does sound like a very complacent way about talking about a snake that can kill you, in less than 6 hours after one bight. Sitting here under the dry spinifex grass on the red sand, you can hardly see it from above. It sits perfectly in complete silence waiting for its prey. Sometimes it uses its tail to lure in mice, thinking it is a grub or caterpillar. Mice and other animals simply walk in unaware before being hit hard and paralysed by the venom.

Taken with an older canon 30d and a 25ml lens, this snake is small and incredibly fast when provoked. Extream care and attention went into taking this photograph, almost at point-blank range. There is no other way to take the picture but to look death itself in the face.

Today's post put readers in face to face with one of the many well-hidden dangers of the Australian Outback.





Tags: acanthophis antarcticus, death adder, photography, reptile, wildlife
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