Thursday, July 5, 2012

Death Adder (Acanthopis)

The acanthopis antarcticus, known as death adder, is an extremely venomous snake found in Australia and New Guinea. With a big arrow-shaped head, it has a short but thick body, measuring an average of 1.10 m in length; its bodily color patterns are brown and light grey rings. The death adder of Australia has neurotoxic vemom with a rate of 60% fatal bites from all the biting incidents reported in one year. The pacient dies of cardiorespiratory arrest, which means paralysis of the respiratory muscles. The acanthopis antarcticus feeds on rats and birds.