New Super Venomous Snake Species Obviously Discovered in Australia

New Super Venomous Snake Species Obviously Discovered in Australia

Researchers in Australia have identified a new species of snake in the Kimberley region. It is extremely venomous, and a member of the death adder family.

Surprising no one, a highly venomous new snake has been found in Australia.

It's called the Kimberley death adder and it can expertly blend into its surroundings. At two feet long and the orange-brown color of the surrounding sand, it waits until a small animal - frogs, lizards, small marsupials, human beings - goes by and then strikes, injecting an extremely toxic chemical into the animal, killing it fairly quickly.

It can be so easy to forget that Australia is so much more than a country weirdly puritanical about video games. We should not forget it is also host to some of nature's deadliest or strangest animals!

Simon Maddock, lead author of the paper describing the snake, says, "it's not clear how many Kimberley death adders there are in the wild, but they're probably quite rare." So they are very hard to keep track of, but also, don't worry about it!

Adds Maddock: "And given the number of new species found in Kimberley recently - including frogs, lizards and many plants - it's likely to be just one of many currently undescribed snakes in the west of Australia."

That's actually very cool.

Presumably, it is called the "death adder" because when you are in Kimberley, you'll often think to yourself, "this is beautiful, but it's missing something crucial." Well, why not add some death?

Note: yes, I know what an adder actually is. I watched BBC in the 80s!

Source: Zootaxa, Sci-News

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PatrickJS:

Note: yes, I know what an adder actually is. I watched BBC in the 80s!

No, that's Blackadder.
You would not find a reptilian Rowan Atkinson in the Australian outback.

You know I wonder if Space Marines recruit from Australia, seeings how its practically a deathworld.

So yet another deadly animal that lives in Australia? ...I'm starting to rethink my plans of going there one day...

Damnit, Australia...why you gotta arm your wildlife so much? Another questionable immigration policy, no doubt!

If we'd been smart, the first thing we'd have done upon discovering Australia is carve its largest mountain into the shape of a skull and called the place Deathland.

Slow news day much?

This was first reported like 2 weeks ago lol

Would have been more interesting to link the more recent story of the first vaccinated Tasmanian Devils getting released back into the wild since their population has been decimated by facial tumors.

CrazyGirl17:
So yet another deadly animal that lives in Australia? ...I'm starting to rethink my plans of going there one day...

Don't worry, you'll be quite safe. That said I found a Tiger Snake across the road from my house, but generally they'll leave you alone. I've lived in Australia for 38 years and never been bitten by anything deadly.

Programmed_For_Damage:
I've lived in Australia for 38 years and never been bitten by anything deadly.

So doesn't that mean we should just be even more afraid of you?

Programmed_For_Damage:

CrazyGirl17:
So yet another deadly animal that lives in Australia? ...I'm starting to rethink my plans of going there one day...

Don't worry, you'll be quite safe. That said I found a Tiger Snake across the road from my house, but generally they'll leave you alone. I've lived in Australia for 38 years and never been bitten by anything deadly.

Because you haven't lost any fights yet. But one day you'll lose to something on your daily trip to the mailbox and BAM! thats it.

Because clearly the Taipan and Eastern Brown were getting to big for their boots so someone else had to some out swinging.

JenSeven:
You would not find a reptilian Rowan Atkinson in the Australian outback.

Pffft, you say that, but...

it's likely to be just one of many currently undescribed snakes in the west of Australia.

So you can never really be too sure, can you? :P

Paragon Fury:

Programmed_For_Damage:

CrazyGirl17:
So yet another deadly animal that lives in Australia? ...I'm starting to rethink my plans of going there one day...

Don't worry, you'll be quite safe. That said I found a Tiger Snake across the road from my house, but generally they'll leave you alone. I've lived in Australia for 38 years and never been bitten by anything deadly.

Because you haven't lost any fights yet. But one day you'll lose to something on your daily trip to the mailbox and BAM! thats it.

Well my letterbox is next to some big trees and you never know what might lurk in them. You'll notice I said I hadn't been bitten by anything "deadly" ;-)

It's creatures like this is why our government has put so little resources in to military defensive measures along the north end. Most of the deadliest stuff in Australia is found up there. Any army invading from that direction is going to regret it.

008Zulu:
It's creatures like this is why our government has put so little resources in to military defensive measures along the north end. Most of the deadliest stuff in Australia is found up there. Any army invading from that direction is going to regret it.

correct me if Im wrong but didn't the Japanese learn that the hard way in WW2?

Caramel Frappe:
Reminder: Any animal you see in Australia, assume the following:

    - It can kick your @**
    - It's very venomous
    - It is venomous and can kick your @**

This is why I will never, ever be caught visiting that place. Never. Even a million dollars would that not convince me.

I don't know, a million dollars could convince me. I would just have to be sure I'd get it in advance and then spend all of it before vacationing in Deathland.

Silentpony:
You know I wonder if Space Marines recruit from Australia, seeings how its practically a deathworld.

You know, I think I read a travel catalog about Australia once. It was called Dune.

Fox12:
You know, I think I read a travel catalog about Australia once. It was called Dune.

Shh! Last thing we need is America invading our Spice reserves.

Now if you excuse me, I've gotta get ready to catch the 5 o'clock Sandworm.

OT: Yay, another one to add to the list. Soon we'll be able to make grass skirts out of them. Just y'know. Snakes.

Programmed_For_Damage:

Paragon Fury:

Programmed_For_Damage:

Don't worry, you'll be quite safe. That said I found a Tiger Snake across the road from my house, but generally they'll leave you alone. I've lived in Australia for 38 years and never been bitten by anything deadly.

Because you haven't lost any fights yet. But one day you'll lose to something on your daily trip to the mailbox and BAM! thats it.

Well my letterbox is next to some big trees and you never know what might lurk in them. You'll notice I said I hadn't been bitten by anything "deadly" ;-)

With a tree-adjacent mailbox, your daily ritual is to volunteer as dropbear bait.

38 years? I'm surprised you lasted a week!

Programmed_For_Damage:

CrazyGirl17:
So yet another deadly animal that lives in Australia? ...I'm starting to rethink my plans of going there one day...

Don't worry, you'll be quite safe. That said I found a Tiger Snake across the road from my house, but generally they'll leave you alone. I've lived in Australia for 38 years and never been bitten by anything deadly.

Anything deadly for an Australian. It's a whide known fact that Superman isn't really from Krypton, he's actually Australian and was booted out because the rest of the country realized he was too much of a pussy to live there. So his parents shipped him to America and made up the whole "alien planet going boom" thing.

tf2godz:

Stop taking photos in my backyard.

You're disturbing my pets.

PatrickJS:
It can be so easy to forget that Australia is so much more than a country weirdly puritanical about video games. We should not forget it is also host to some of nature's deadliest or strangest animals!

I'm starting to understand Australia's weird puritanism when it comes to media. If I lived in an area where there's 20 different things that could kill me around every corner, I'd be clutching a holy book pretty tightly to.

To be honest, when I hear about all the earthquakes, tornadoes, landslides, hurricanes and floods in other counties, I feel rather safe down here. Sure, everything that lives in the land, air and the sea is poisonous, but at least the ground, air and sea itself isn't trying to kill us. Except for when everything catches fire, of course.

Oh...So a new breed of Death Adder. Hmmm... I guess we'll just file him along the side the new breed of Funnelweb Spider they discovered a month or so back.

FirstNameLastName:
To be honest, when I hear about all the earthquakes, tornadoes, landslides, hurricanes and floods in other counties, I feel rather safe down here. Sure, everything that lives in the land, air and the sea is poisonous, but at least the ground, air and sea itself isn't trying to kill us. Except for when everything catches fire, of course.

Except we get tropical cyclones, five year droughts, huge floods - when the place isn't burning down - insane summer storms with hail that makes cars look like extras from a gangster film...oh yeah and just yesterday a sink hole formed in a camping ground and swallowed some cars and tents - no casualties though!

Caramel Frappe:
Reminder: Any animal you see in Australia, assume the following:

    - It can kick your @**
    - It's very venomous
    - It is venomous and can kick your @**

This is why I will never, ever be caught visiting that place. Never. Even a million dollars would that not convince me.

Meh. Lived here on and off about 50% of the time, and nothing much has ever tried to kill me.
I was in the Netherlands and england, and kept running into crazy violent people.

People are scary. Animals? Meh.

Besidesl doesn't the US have poisonous snakes, scorpions, wolves and bears?
Not to mention crazy people with guns!?
I know where I feel safer, that's for sure. :p

CrystalShadow:

Meh. Lived here on and off about 50% of the time, and nothing much has ever tried to kill me.
I was in the Netherlands and england, and kept running into crazy violent people.

Agreed, animals demand respect, in australia, as long as you respect an animal you will (generally) be fine.

Lets see how far respect goes for somebody so high a taser shot wont stop them and packing a school and a half worth of firepower...

No thanks, i'll take the death adder over [insert politically unstable and/or overly stareotyped gunloving place here] any time :P

Programmed_For_Damage:
*snipped* I've lived in Australia for 38 years and never been bitten by anything deadly.

You know this means you've probably been assimilated by the environment.
There's a very good chance you'd be deadly to anything that decided to take a chomp out of you.

On topic:

Nice to see Australia still able to up it's game in the nightmarishly deadly creature front even after all these years.

Honestly, having grown up in the US and then moved to Australia, I'd rather take my chances with the poisonous wildlife than the North American wildlife. At least in America you can easily get a gun to carry with you.

I was chased by a bear once, so... it left memories.

ecoho:

008Zulu:
It's creatures like this is why our government has put so little resources in to military defensive measures along the north end. Most of the deadliest stuff in Australia is found up there. Any army invading from that direction is going to regret it.

correct me if Im wrong but didn't the Japanese learn that the hard way in WW2?

You are wrong, actually, there were no Japanese landings (at least of any note) in Australia. The odd bombing and so on, and lots of fighting on islands to the north, but the Japanese planned on isolated Australia, rather than invading.

...

However, Australia does maintain the RFSUs, 3 dedicated regiments recruited from the locals and charged with guarding and monitoring the north of Australia, which are on a war footing during peacetime, though often they'll be working alongside customs and police and so on.

(I once heard that it's common for members of Norforce (one of the three regiments) to carry their boots on patrol, but only wear them in their bases, because it's part of the uniform, otherwise going barefoot.)

thaluikhain:

ecoho:

008Zulu:
It's creatures like this is why our government has put so little resources in to military defensive measures along the north end. Most of the deadliest stuff in Australia is found up there. Any army invading from that direction is going to regret it.

correct me if Im wrong but didn't the Japanese learn that the hard way in WW2?

You are wrong, actually, there were no Japanese landings (at least of any note) in Australia. The odd bombing and so on, and lots of fighting on islands to the north, but the Japanese planned on isolated Australia, rather than invading.

...

However, Australia does maintain the RFSUs, 3 dedicated regiments recruited from the locals and charged with guarding and monitoring the north of Australia, which are on a war footing during peacetime, though often they'll be working alongside customs and police and so on.

(I once heard that it's common for members of Norforce (one of the three regiments) to carry their boots on patrol, but only wear them in their bases, because it's part of the uniform, otherwise going barefoot.)

I seem to remember a crocodile hunter episode were they were someplace in northern Australia and that's were something like 50 solders were killed by crocs and other deadly animals. must have just been a tale from the region.

Yeah it's a tall tale. Like drop bears (you wish!).

i realised now that i love to live in Canada. every year, everything freeze to death for 6 months, but at least when it's warm, anything poisonous and creepy and deadly is dead !

 

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