New deadly snake discovered in Australia

New deadly snake discovered in Australia
Credit: Ryan Ellis/Western Australia Museum

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A new species of snake found in Australia may just be deadly enough to kill a human.

Australia is home to some of the world's deadliest creatures.

The Acanthophis Cryptamydros is known by the street name, "Kimberly Death Adder." Sounds friendly right?

This snake could kill you if you are bitten and not rushed to the emergency room. The snake is a sit-and-wait predator and strikes when prey is in striking range. It usually preys on frogs, lizards and small mammals.

The snake is about two feet long and has a diamond shaped head, similar to the rattlesnakes found in Arizona.

Its body is relatively stout and camouflages very nicely into the terrain of western Australia.

It is not known how common they are, but scientists think they may be rare as we never knew they existed.


Credit: Ryan Ellis/Western Australia Museum

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