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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata
Family:Elapidae
Genus:Notechis
Genus species:Notechis semmiannulatus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:38-61 cm
Identification:The tiger snake has a flat body, a short flat head, and large eyes with vertical yellow pupils. The body colors include yellow, orange, or reddish-brown. This snake has a dark band across its neck, a series of dark bands down the back, and a pale yellow underside.
Habitat:Rocky arid regions, moist savannas, low forests
Diet:Carnivore: lizards, small fledglings
Reproduction:Large litters of live young are produced. An average female of about four feet in length produces around 30 young. Exceptionally large females have produced litters of over 100 young. The ten-inch neonates are identical to the adults in color and pattern.
The tiger snake can be found in colonies, especially during times of hibernation.
Behavior:While the tiger snake can be very aggressive, it is not dangerous to humans. These snakes are nocturnal and spend most of their time on the ground.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Sexual dimorphism appears in this species of snake where the male is larger than the female. It is believed that this occurs because females do not eat when they are gravid, mid-summer when food is most abundant, therefore the female must stay active during cool weather in the spring and fall. This small size may be an advantage because it allows them to reach operating temperatures more rapidly.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern North America
South America
Date:1971-11 Subjects:reptile
herptile
Tiger snake
Elapidae
Snakes
Squamata
Reptiles
Vertebrates
Chordata