Tuesday, April 12, 2011


The first (reported at least) identification of a Death Adder in Canberra. I know they are 'out there' but I have never personally seen a Death Adder in the ACT. I do know someone who reportedly encountered one somewhere around Captains Flat years ago but suspect they are not very common.

I'm actually glad I haven't run into one because they apparently blend into the leaf litter and lie in wait for prey so I would imagine be fairly easy to stumble upon. They are also one of the most deadly snakes in the world. Sad to say in the 1950's a 'dead snake was a good snake. 'Live and let live' I say...

The Canberra Times - 29 December 1951

National Library of Australia

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  1. I first saw one in the North West whilst working on a railroad many years ago.

  2. Heard of them around here Keith but haven't seen one but then again I'm not often off the beaten track much nowadays.


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