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Desert death adder

desert death adder (Acanthophis pyrrhus)
Port Hedland, Western Australia
Photo © Stephen Zozaya
Acanthophis pyrrhus - Boulenger, 1898
Pronunciation  AK-anth-OH-fiss   PI-russ
Etymology  Acanthophis: 'spine snake', refering to the spine at the tip of the tail.
pyrrhus: 'flame-coloured'.
Other names   
Total length
Species avg: 50 cm
Species max: 70 cm
Litter size
Range: 10 - 13
Length and clutch size information comes from a variety of sources, but primarily from Shine (1991) and Cogger (2000).
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


The central and western deserts, excluding the rocky Pilbara craton of Western Australia.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia


Sandy and stony deserts with spinifex.

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