Australian Death Adders are common in the Whitsunday Islands

I found the following information when reading in our cruising guide about nearby Saddleback Island. “Keep an eye out for death adders, which have often been seen in the vicinity of the picnic table on Saddleback. These snakes conceal themselves very effectively amongst leaf litter.” I immediately went to Wikipedia and found the following information that will keep us from exploring islands in this area.

The Common Death Adder is the world’s fifth most venomous snake and probably the fastest of all Australian snakes when it comes to striking a victim. Death Adders are an ambush predator and while other snakes may attempt to flee if a human comes near a Death Adder is unlikely to, increasing the danger if not noticed.

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