Tiger Snake

Notechis scutatus

Tiger Snakes average about 1.2 m in length but may be as long as 2m.

They are mostly olive brown to blackish brown with yellow to off white coloured cross bands giving them the name of Tiger Snake.

“Most Australians know of Tiger Snakes and are aware of their fearsome reputation, though few people will ever encounter one. Unfortunately, this species is much maligned because of its aggressive nature and toxic venom; however, the Tiger Snake should be recognized as great survivor, superbly adapted to some of the most inhospitable environments in Australia.” Information from: https://australian.museum/learn/animals/reptiles/tiger-snake/

The Tiger Snake is endemic to south-east and south-west Australia. They are usually found near water as frogs and small birds are their favourite prey. They also take insects and carrion. Tiger Snakes have been known to climb trees at times. Altitudinally, Tiger Snakes can be found from the coast to about 1000m and they are generally more active in warmer months. The best advice if you come across a Tiger Snake is to remain stationary or to move away slowly. It cannot hear you or feel vibrations through the ground. If it senses you (through its tongue), it will invariably decide you are too big for a meal and meander off. Generally, a Tiger Snake will NOT ‘attack’ something as large as a human, unless it is cornered or provoked