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Tiger Snake Scientific Name

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Tiger snake may be a highly venomous snake which belongs to the family Elapidae. These snakes are found in Australia and Tasmania. The snake can grows up to 1.2 meters in length. Moreover, there is significant variance in colour and size among the species.

Most members have a distinctive pattern, forming bands like those of a tiger (hence the name). The colour of the tiger snake ranges from black, olive, brown, and yellow. Tiger snakes are quite aggressive in nature and if human-encounters take place, can often end with bites. When threatened, the snake also flattens their bodies and raise their heads as a gesture. 

The venom of the tiger snake generally consists of a mixture of proteins which can cause paralysis and breathing difficulties if exposed to. The mortality rates, if envenomated, are reported to be between 40-60%.

Facts About Tiger Snake 

  • Tiger snake can reach 3 to 7 feet long. Males are larger than females.

  • Colour of tiger snake depends on the habitat. Dorsal side of the body are often brown, black, grey and yellow coloured and covered with alternate dark and lightweight stripes. Belly is usually yellow or orange-coloured. Some tiger snakes lack stripes. Uniformly coloured tiger snakes are often yellowish-brown or completely black coloured.

  • Most tiger snakes that are dark-coloured are covered with yellow stripes, hence the name "tiger snakes".

  • Tiger snakes have a wide head and powerful, muscular body covered with partially-glossy scales.

  • Tiger snake is an active animal during the daytime. 

  • Tiger snake spends most of its life on the bottom (terrestrial animal), but it can easily hop on trees and various man-made objects. Tiger snake is additionally ready to swim and dive. This animal has the capability to spend 9 minutes under the water without returning to the surface to breathe.

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FAQs on Tiger Snake Scientific Name

1. What is the Scientific Name of Tiger Snake?

Ans - Notechis scutatus is the scientific name of the Tiger Snake

2. Are Tiger Snakes Venomous?

Ans - Tiger snakes are highly venomous, with a mortality rate of 40-60% if left untreated. It can cause kidney failure, as well as paralysis – leading to respiratory failure. The interesting fact about Tiger Snakes is that they belong to the Elapidae family, which also includes cobras.

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