Reptile Notechis ater serventyi (Chappel Island Tiger Snake)

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Scientific Name: Notechis ater serventyi

Common Name: Chappel Island Tiger Snake

Order: Squamata

Suborder: Serpentes

Family: Elapidae

Distribution: Furneaux Group of Islands of which Mount Chappel is one.

Habitat: Island grassland burrows and shelters. Often found close to mutton bird nests.

Field Notes: Occouring only on Furneaux group of islands in eastern Bass Straigh the Chappel Island Tiger Snake feeds on Mutton Bird chicks, frogs and other small mammals on the island. The Chappel Island tiger snake is the largest of all tiger snake species. It has a blunt, low profile head leading to a strong rounded body. They are dark olive brown to black in colour with light colouration underneath and light banding on top which often fades over time as the snake becomes older.

Although not as agressive as some tiger snake species it is still one of Australias most deadly snakes.

Image By Blake - 2011 - Location: Australia Zoo

 
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