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  Black Tiger Snake (Notechis ater)





Black Tiger Snake | Notechis ater photo
Black Tiger Snake photographed at Brisbane Pet and Animal Expo.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.

Black Tiger Snake | Notechis ater photo
Black Tiger Snake photographed at Brisbane Pet and Animal Expo.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.



BLACK TIGER SNAKE FACTS

Description
The Black Tiger Snake has very dark brown head and body, sometimes with lighter cross bands. The belly is light to dark grey.

Size
1.5m

Habitat
Dry rocky areas, marshland and coastal dune grassland. Lives in drier habitats than common tiger snakes although restricted to areas experiencing coastal rainfall.

Food
On the Bass Strait islands it feeds on mutton bird chicks. It also eats frogs, small mammals, fish and other reptiles including its own species

Breeding
Females usually give birth to 20 - 30 live young

Range
The Black Tiger Snake is found in West Australia, South Australia and the Bass Strait Islands and Tasmania.

Notes
Highly venomous - one of Australia's most dangerous.



Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Elapidae
Genus:Notechis
Species:ater
Common Name:Black Tiger Snake

Relatives in same Genus
  King Island Tiger Snake (N. ater humphreysi)
  Chappell Island Tiger Snake (N. ater serventyi)
  Eastern Tiger Snake (N. scutatus)