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  King Island Tiger Snake (Notechis ater humphreysi)





King Island Tiger Snake | Notechis ater humphreysi photo
King Island Tiger Snake photographed at Australia Zoo

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.



REPTILE FACTS

Description
The King Island Tiger Snake has black or very dark brown head and body, sometimes with lighter cross bands. Belly light to dark grey.

Size
1.5m long

Habitat
Dry rocky areas, marshland and coastal dune grassland. Lives in drier habitats than common tiger snakes.

Food
Feeds on mutton bird chicks. It also eats frogs, small mammals, fish and other reptiles.

Breeding
Females usually give birth to 20 - 30 live young

Range
The King Island Tiger Snake is found only on Bass Strait islands of Tasmania (King Island and nearby islands).

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



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

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