MAIN­LAND TIGER SNAKE Notechis scu­ta­tus

Australian Geographic - - Geobuzz -

One of the world’s most ven­omous land snakes, this species has been re­spon­si­ble for three known deaths in Aus­tralia since 2000. It has an LD of 0.118 and av­er­age venom 50 yield of 30–70mg. This venom – which acts on nerves, mus­cles and blood – can trig­ger a se­vere re­ac­tion within 15 min­utes, although an­tivenom is avail­able. Com­mon symp­toms are paral­y­sis, mus­cle dam­age and un­con­trol­lable bleed­ing. The tiger snake is thought to be one wide-rang­ing species that has great vari­a­tion in size and colour across south­ern Aus­tralia, in­clud­ing Tas­ma­nia.

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