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Eastern Tiger Snake

Notechis scutatus

Eastern Tiger Snake Distribution Eastern Tiger Snake Head Eastern Tiger Snake Head
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Date & Time: 18 March 2006 14:30
Location: Gembrook

Aggressive Tiger Snake Aggressive Tiger Snake
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Date & Time: 18 March 2006 14:35
Location: Gembrook

Snake Sunning Itself Snake Sunning Itself
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Date & Time: 15 August 2007 10:25
Location: Frankston
The subspecies are Notechis scutatus scutatus and Notechis scutatus occidentalis. The other species is the Black Tiger Snake, Notechis ater. The Eastern (also known as the Common or Mainland) Tiger Snake is found through much of Victoria and parts of New South Wales. It has very toxic venom but only produces a moderate amount of it. They grow to about 1.5m long and most adults are banded, though brown or black ones can be seen too.

They feed mainly on frogs, and as such are often found around frog habitats such as dams and marshes. I have seen them several times at a pond near Templestowe, where I hunt dragonflies, and found them to be quite shy there, fleeing me once noticed.

The large one in the photographs resting across the middle of a road was in Bunyip State Park. I managed to avoid it when driving along and went back to take some photos — it was obviously not particularly worried by the passing car. The one in Frankston was seen in the morning and stayed in the area for several hours, perhaps being out in winter made it more lathargic.

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