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Top End death adder

Top End death adder (Acanthophis rugosus)
Daly Waters, Northern Territory
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Acanthophis rugosus - Loveridge, 1948
Pronunciation  AK-anth-OH-fiss   rug-OH-suss
Etymology  Acanthophis: 'spine snake', refering to the spine at the tip of the tail.
rugosus: 'rough'.
Other names   
Total length
Species avg: 60 cm
Litter size
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 Top End of the Northern Territory, north-western Queensland, and New Guinea.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Northern Territory, Queensland


Occupies a variety of habitats, including savannah woodland and sandstone escarpments in the north, to stony arid shrublands and grasslands in western Queensland.

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