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Tiger Snake – Moyup

Tiger Snake Notechis scutatis Herdsman Lake Western Australia

With the season of Kambarang in full swing reptiles are out and about again, and a walk around Herdsman Lake at this time of the year will be rewarded with an almost guaranteed sighting of a Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatis). These beautiful but highly venomous snakes call this wetland home, where they hunt mainly for frogs, although lizards, small mammals and young birds are also taken. Their live young are born in autumn and early winter, at the same time when the first baby frogs appear. They’re most active during spring and summer, although they prefer to forage at night as they dislike hot weather.

Tiger Snake Notechis scutatis Herdsman Lake Western Australia

Adult Tiger Snake on a Swamp Paperbark tree at Herdsman Lake

3 Comments

  1. Amazing to read that you could have an almost guaranteed sighting of a snake, Maurice! In our wild places seeing a snake, even the large or venomous kinds, is not a very frequent occurrence despite them being very numerous.Would you say that it is because there aren’t as many predators of snakes in Australia – particularly of tiger snakes – and that allows them to venture more boldly?

    • It’s amazing indeed, and we’re not even in full summer… You’re absolutely correct about the relative high visibility, Dries. Although Tiger snakes are as elusive as any other snake, and prefer avoidance above confrontation at any time, their population is of such large size that they are hard to miss for the careful observer. In this swamp the only threat is posed by raptors such as Whistling Kites and Swamp Harriers, while there is an abundance of prey at the same time. But honestly, I wouldn’t venture along the shores at night!

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