Recently discovered in the Kimberley region of the Australia, the Australian death adder is a highly venomous snake.
Researches from the Natural History Museum in the UK have found undescribed species of adder in western Australia.
These venomous snakes are said to be threatened by poisonous toads.
Officially dubbed Acanthophis cryptamydros, this venomous snake has a diamond-shaped head and stout body like the rest of its genus, and is a sit-and-wait type of predator.
Simon Maddock, the PhD student at the Natural History Museum and University College London, who led the study, told reporters, “Surprisingly, the snakes it most closely resembles aren’t its closest genetic relatives.”
According to experts, there’s no exact data redrawing the number of Kimberley death adders that exist in the wild. However, populations appear to be dwindling.
Maddock added, “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.”
If current trends continue experts say the death adder could become a species requiring protection under Australian state or federal legislation.
Images via Natural History Museum