Pilbara Death Adder



Common Name: Pilbara Death Adder
Scientific Name: Acanthophis wellsi
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Acanthophis
Status: Secure – Category 5
Size: TL 520mm

—— Description ——
Relatively slender, with weakly rugose head shields, usually undivided prefrontal scales, and body scales moderately keeled dorsally and smooth laterally in 19 midbody rows. Reddish brown and banded, with 2 colour forms occurring: those with pale bands, and strongly patterned individuals with black bands and black heads. Lips not normally barred.

—— Preferred Habitat ——
Widespread throughout Pilbara, WA, with apparantly isolated populations on North West Cape and possibly hybridisation zone with A.pyrrhus s. and e. of North West Cape.

—— Micro Habitat ——
Occurs among spinifex and stony soils.

The following equipment is needed for this reptile:

  • An adequately sized Reptile Vivarium.
  • A suitable heating source, ie: Heat Element, Heat Mat, Heat Cord and Heat Lamp.
  • Adequate lighting, ie: UVA – UVB.
  • Water Bowl.
  • Other optional products are also available to ensure total comfort for your reptile.