Large specimen near abandoned orchard boundary.
ID and locality info based off of my notes from 2004. I tried to update taxonomic changes.
Thanks to my father, Dr. Tod Reeder, for having me on this trip.
juvenile about 20-30cms long
Seen crossing the road ducking into scrub - note yellow belly.
On the way to Pelion Hut, we saw what I believe was a Tiger snake, Notechis scutatus . It was lying next to the trail, and moved away rather slowly. I was able to catch this shot.
Tasmania has three species of land snake:
Tiger snake, Notechis scutatus
Lowland copperhead, Austrelaps superbus
White-lipped snake, Drysdalia coronoides
All three Tasmanian species are capable of injecting venom, although the venom of the white-lipped snake has never been recorded as causing death to a human.
Day 3 of Overland Track
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Tiger snakes are a type of venomous snake found in southern regions of Australia, including its coastal islands and Tasmania. These snakes are highly variable in their colour, often banded like those on a tiger, and forms in their regional occurrences. All populations are in the genus Notechis, and their diverse characters have been described in further subdivisions of this group; they are sometimes described as distinct species and/or subspecies.