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  Chappell Island Tiger Snake (Notechis ater serventyi)





Chappell Island Tiger Snake | Notechis ater serventyi photo
Chappell Island Tiger snakes - Healesville sanctuary

Image by Charlie Brewer - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



REPTILE FACTS

Description
The Chappell Island Tiger Snake is the largest tiger snake and has a blunt head and robust body. The body is olive-brown to almost black, sometimes with lighter cross bands. The underside is lighter in colour. Juveniles are banded. Some authors consider this snake to be a form of Notechis scutatus.

Size
1.9m

Habitat
coastal vegetation

Food
Feed on mutton bird chicks. Also frogs, small mammals.

Breeding
Females usually give birth to 20 - 30 live young

Range
Although this snake is named after Chappell Island it is found on most of the islands of the Furneaux group of islands on the eastern side of Bass Strait . The two major islands are Flinders Island and Cape Barron Island.

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



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

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