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Tiger snakes
Notechis - Boulenger, 1896

Pronunciation: no-TEK-iss
Etymology: 'southern Echis', after a genus of adders.

Taxonomic notes:

Previously, two species were referred to this genus. Notechis ater is now widely considered to be synonymous with the tiger snake (Notechis scutatus).

Statistics: Reproductive modes:
Live-bearing - 1 out of 1 Australian species

Size range:
Smallest Australian species: tiger snake (Notechis scutatus) at 100 cm
 Longest Australian species: tiger snake (Notechis scutatus) at up to 200 cm
Number of Australian species: 1

tiger snake (Notechis scutatus)
Kunghur, New South Wales
Photo © Sandy Macdonald
tiger snake (Notechis scutatus) distribution range map Notechis scutatus
Tiger snake
Year described
(Peters 1861)
A highly variable species, ranging from the monsters of Chappell Island that average 1.9m in length, down to the diminutive Krefft's tiger snake of the Flinders Ranges.1 Colouration and patterning can include solid black, grey, yellow-brown; banded, yellow streaks, and almost everything in between.

  1. Mirtschin, Peter & Davis, Richard (1982). Dangerous snakes of Australia. Rigby. 207 pp - search web for this book
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