A scientist from London’s Natural History Museum has discovered a new species of Australian death adder in the Kimberley.
The Kimberley Death Adder, scientific name Acanthophis cryptamydros, has a diamond-shaped head, a stout body and pale orange-brown scales.
Simon Maddock, who led the study, says, “Surprisingly, the snakes it most closely resembles aren’t its closest genetic relatives.”
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The snake lays in wait for its prey, staying camouflaged until frogs, lizards or small mammals appear.
We still don’t know how many of these death adders are found in the wild, but researchers believe they are quite rare.
“It looks like populations of death adders in general are declining in the area and there are records of them eating these poisonous cane toads. It’s potentially a big threat,” Maddock said.