Snakes: Notechis scutatus
Common Name="Tiger Snake" or "Mainland Tiger Snake"
Genus/Species=Notechis scutatus Peters, 1861
Distribution=Common from Brisbane to Adelaide and also around Perth and Tasmania.
There are different forms, sometimes considered distinct species and/or subspecies,
my experiences are all with the "mainland" or "eastern" tiger-snake.
Habitat=Usually found near water, where they often have territories, from the coast inland.
Description=These are large, venomous snakes that can grow to around 2m in length and vary greatly in coloration.
They are often banded, like its name-sake, the tiger.
Observations=These snakes are active during warm days where they can be observed hunting in grassland.
When encountered I have found they will usually initially keep still, relying on their camouflage, or flee immediately.
If approached too close they may feign attack, hissing, before fleeing rapidly.
I regularly find them basking on roads where it is sometimes easiest to photograph them.