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Snakes in Australia: Most poisonous species & important information

There are many different types of Snakes in australia - both extremely toxic and completely non-toxic. For this reason, the topic is probably very important for almost every Down Under traveler in order to assess the danger on site and to be able to react correctly in an emergency. The advice doctors and teachers give their Australian fellow citizens and students when it comes to snake bites makes one look deeply. If possible, the animal should be caught and brought along for diagnosis in order to be able to determine the type and the effective antidote without any doubt. In times of mobile phone photography, a picture can also help. This precaution, known among Australians, is not to be understood as scare tactics. It is to be classified in the same way as the instruction to look to the right and left before crossing a street.


Poison amount, aggressiveness & antidote

It is undisputed that the most poisonous specimens known in our world cavort among the Australian snakes. The comparison of which is actually the most poisonous and therefore the most dangerous is relatively pointless. There are antidotes for all snakes and the amount of poison does not say anything about the aggressiveness of the animal. Larger amounts accelerate the effect of the poison and the antidote must be administered more quickly. The most decisive factor is the behavior of the bitten person. If panic and the associated increase in heart rate is avoided, in Australia there is enough time after each bite until the next antidote, regardless of which snake the bite came from.


The supposedly most poisonous snakes in the world

Without making the usual comparisons, it makes sense to have heard of the following snakes before visiting Australia. Useless German translations such as "Ordinary Brown Snake" should not be taken into account. If the worst comes to the worst, the Eastern Brown Snake can quickly become a "usually", "common" or "ordinary snake" that no Australian has ever heard of.


Inland Taipan or Fierce Snake

The dreaded inland taipan is considered to be the most poisonous snake in the world, but is rarely seen due to its rather uninhabited, remote habitat. It is native to dry, mountainous outback regions on the eastern half of the continent. The bite of the approximately two meter long snake is fatal without an antidote after 45 minutes at the latest. Although poisonous, it is not considered aggressive, but rather shy and only bites when it feels cornered. A single bite can contain enough venom to kill over 200 people.


Eastern (Western) Brown Snake or Gwardar

The well-known Eastern Brown Snake is native to the entire east coast, especially in the less populated farmland. It moves quickly, prefers to hunt mice, likes to sunbathe and its deadly poison works in a very short time. The western sister lives across the continent and has a less potent poison.


Coastal (Eastern) Taipan

The Coastal Taipan can be found on the entire east coast and preferably at home in sugar cane fields. The bite of this very dangerous species can be fatal in as little as thirty minutes. However, this is not a must and even in the event of a bite, there is a good chance of healing if behaved correctly.


Mainland (Common) Tiger Snake

The Mainland Tiger Snake populates the entire south coast of Australia and Tasmania. She values ​​human closeness because it promises a successful night rodent hunt. The poison causes increasing discomfort that can be fatal for hours.


Mulga (King Brown) Snake

Known nationwide to the population, King Brown is common throughout Australia except Tasmania. Although the poisonous snake, up to 2.50 meters long, is often referred to by many as the poisonous snake, its venom is usually not fatal. The doctor must of course be contacted and visited as soon as possible.


Lowlands (Common) Copperhead

The Lowlands Copperhead is at home in the temperate climates of South and Southeast Australia. Due to the fact that she is extraordinarily shy, this specimen is rarely seen. It usually stays in flat grass and near a body of water, which it is mainly on the hunt for frogs, lizards and small conspecifics.


Common (Southern) Death Adder

The notorious Death Adder is found quite often in the whole east and on the south coast of South and West Australia, as it rarely escapes from humans. In the event of an incident, help should be sought immediately, as their bites can be life-threatening. The approximately 50 centimeter tall specimen is quite lazy and easy to identify. The chance of getting a healing antidote is very good.


Picture gallery

The following picture gallery gives you an authentic overview of the most dangerous and poisonous animals in Australia:

You will find numerous motifs in our unique Dangerous Animals picture gallery. Gain authentic impressions and enjoy a piece of Australia from home. We wish you a lot of fun!

Strangler snakes & snakes

The many non-poisonous snakes in Australia, which are found in great biodiversity, are almost forgotten. The python family alone is represented with around twenty subspecies. Even if the pythons are larger in other parts of the world, the partly monochrome and partly colorfully patterned strangler snakes impress with their lengths of up to four meters and the circumference of a male upper arm. It is not uncommon to find a python in open kitchens at a campsite or hostel as they are widespread and, depending on the species, used to people. There are also many types of snakes among the shorter, thinner, and completely harmless species of snakes.

Note: One of the most common and charismatic snakes on the east coast is the Red Bellied Black Snake. Because of the strong contrast - black back, fiery red belly - it is very easy to identify - its poison is not lethal and its character is rather reserved.



Even if there are extremely many poisonous snakes in Australia, the chance of being bitten by one is very slim. Most animals are not aggressive and tend to withdraw when they sense vibrations. When hiking in tall grass, it is therefore advisable to step firmly and possibly even hit the ground with a stick in front of you. Of course there is always a certain risk of stepping on a sleeping reptile, but this is very limited. With normal behavior and a little caution, the dangerous collision with Death Adder, Inland Taipan, Brown Snake & Co should not happen. Nevertheless, you often have the opportunity to observe a specimen up close and even take a great souvenir photo. One thing should of course be clear: It makes sense to keep a little distance!


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