Acanthophis laevis. One of the most dangerous...
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Image #cld1610225
SpeciesAcanthophis laevis
LocalityPapua, Indonesia
DescriptionOne of the most dangerous snakes in New Guinea: the Smooth-scaled Death Adder. Like vipers, these snakes are thick-bodied with a wide triangular head and are relatively slow moving, preferring to lie in wait for suitable prey to venture within striking distance. However, their resemblance to vipers (and true adders) is only superficial - they are actually members of the family Elapidae, which includes cobras, kraits, and coral snakes. 
Keywordsadder | death | elapidae | fauna | guinea | irian | jaya | new | reptile | snake | venomous | west | wildlife


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