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Eastern Tiger Snake, Queensland, Australia by Adrian Paul

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The Eastern tiger Snake, Notechis scutatus, is an elapid from South Eastern Australia. It has a highly toxic venom and until recently held the record for most Australian snakebite fatalities (now overtaken by the Eastern Brown Snake, Pseudonaja textilis).

It is a medium sized elapid generally reaching about 3.5 feet in length but has been known to reach 6.5 feet. In the wild they mainly feed on frogs and mice as adults, but will take the odd bird or lizard. As juveniles however, skinks make up a large portion of their diet. They are active mainly by day (Diurnal) but on excessively hot nights (over 34 degC/ 93F) they become semi nocturnal.

Photo taken at Australia Zoo, Beerwah, Qld

Camera – Nikon D80; Lens – Tamron 28-300 VC zoom



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I am a retired secondary school English teacher and live in Coffs Harbour (NSW) Australia.

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  • Rick Playle
    Rick Playlealmost 5 years ago

    looks like you had good lighting to get these sharp shots
    well done
    cheers rick

  • Thanks Rick. Yes, the lighting was excellent

    – Adrian Paul

  • Steve Bullock
    Steve Bullockalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful image mate

  • Thanks Steve

    – Adrian Paul

  • Lyndy
    Lyndyalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture L:)X

  • Thanks Lyndy

    – Adrian Paul

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 5 years ago

    Another excellent capture Adrian.

  • Thank you. I appreciate your comments and support.

    – Adrian Paul

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

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  • Peter Evans
    Peter Evansover 1 year ago

    And a bloody deadly thing it is to. Awesome shot Adrian :-))
    Instant fav !

  • Sure is. Thanks for your comments & also for adding this to your favourites, Peter.

    – Adrian Paul

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyover 1 year ago

    Scarey as ! ..great shot Adrian :)

  • Sure is! Thanks Gail.

    – Adrian Paul

  • Jane  mcainsh
    Jane mcainshover 1 year ago

  • Thank you for featuring this work Jainie.

    – Adrian Paul

  • Elaine Teague
    Elaine Teagueover 1 year ago

    Found this fella on RB’s Featured Photography today Adrian. Amazing capture. We have them here too. Wouldn’t want to be too close.

  • Thanks Elaine. No you’re right. There’s no way you want to be anywhere near one of these.

    – Adrian Paul

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