The tiger snake or the Notechis scutatus is part of the Elapidae family. It has a body length of up to 2 meters. It is found in swamps and rivers, distributed along south west and south east Australia including Tasmania.
The color patterns of tiger snakes depend on where they are found in Australia. Most tiger snakes are of the colors black, brown, gray or yellow with alternating light and dark bands. The tiger snakes found in South Australia around the Bass Strait often have no patterns on their body. Those found in Tasmania are usually gray, yellow or black without bands of color.
It is a highly changeable species, which does not always necessarily exhibit the characteristic tiger stripes, which is suggested by its common name. The banding in juvenile snakes is often much more noticeable, fading progressively as the snake matures. Tiger snakes are comparatively stout bodied and short with a wide head.
Most of the Tiger snake specimens reach around 1.2-1.6m in length, though predominantly large animals may be more than 2m in length.