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Tiger snake

tiger snake (Notechis scutatus)
Kunghur, New South Wales
Photo © Sandy Macdonald
Notechis scutatus - (Peters, 1861)
Pronunciation  no-TEK-iss   sku-TAH-tuss
Etymology  Notechis: 'southern Echis', after a genus of adders.
scutatus: 'shielded'1.
Other names  Hoplocephalus ater 
Total length
Species avg: 100 cm
Species max: 200 cm
Litter size
Average: 23
Range: 11 - 109
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


  1. Ehmann, Harald (1992). Encyclopedia of Australian animals: Reptiles. Angus and Robertson. 495 pp - search web for this book
  2. Mirtschin, Peter & Davis, Richard (1982). Dangerous snakes of Australia. Rigby. 207 pp - search web for this book
  3. Keogh, Scott J.; Scott, Ian A.W.; & Hayes, Christine (2005). Rapid and repeated origin of insular gigantism and dwarfism in Australian tiger snakes. Evolution, 59(1):226-233.

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