tiger snake

tiger snake

noun
either of two highly venomous snakes, Notechis scutatus and N. ater, of Australia and Tasmania, that grow to a length of 5 feet (1.5 meters).

Origin:
1870–75

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tiger snake
 
n
a highly venomous brown-and-yellow elapid snake, Notechis scutatus, of Australia

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tiger snake

Australian member of the cobra family, Elapidae. The snake's venom, which contains a blood-clotting agent as well as a nerve paralyzer, is potentially fatal to humans. Before striking, the tiger snake flattens its head and neck, cobra fashion.

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