Notechis scutatus occidentalis or the Western Tiger Snake
Western Tiger Snake is common over most of its range in south-western Western Australia. The stunning yellow pattern is typical of the Western Tiger Snake. The Western Tiger Snake shelters in or under fallen and rotting timber, in abandoned animal burrows, and under rocks and dense vegetation. Like all members of the Tiger Snake group, this subspecies is capable of delivering a fatal bite to a human.
Adults hunt for frogs, lizards, small mammals, and nesting birds during the day and evening, and are known to hunt for frogs on wet nights. The Western Tiger Snake can get up to about 1.6 metres in length. When they feel threatened they flatten their neck out to make themselves look bigger. Like the other Tiger Snake subspecies, Western Tiger Snakes produce live young. Up to 90 young can be produced in a single litter, but between 10 and 30 is a more common litter size.
Did you know...
- The stunning yellow pattern is typical of western tiger snakes.
- Like all members of the Tiger Snake group, this subspecies is capable of delivering a fatal bite to a human.
- When the Western Tiger Snake feels threatened they flatten their neck out to make themselves look bigger.
- Like the other tiger snake subspecies, western tiger snakes produce live young.
Where in Australia Western Tiger Snake are found: