The head of a Pilbara death adder

Death adders

Death adders include the fastest striking snake species in the world. Not only are they quick, they are also extremely venomous, causing paralysis and sometimes death. They are not active hunters, unlike most snakes, but lure prey into a deadly ambush.

Scientific name: Acanthophis

Rank: Genus


Map showing the distribution of the Death adders taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Death adders can be found in a number of locations including: Australia. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

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