Red-bellied black snake. (Pseudechis porphyriacus). Also known as: Common black snake. Found: Distributed down the east coast (though not to Tasmania) and slightly into south-eastern South Australia.

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    Common death adder (Acanthophis antarcticus). Also known as: Southern death adder. Found: in eastern Australia (except the far north and south), southern South Australia and Western Australia. 

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    Small-eyed snake. (Rhinoplocephalus nigrescens). Also known as: Eastern small-eyed snake. Found: Widely distributed along the east coast, from Victoria to Cape York. 

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    Lowlands copperhead. (Austrelaps superbus). Also known as: common copperhead. Found: in relatively cool and cold climates in south-eastern Australia, southern Victoria, Tasmania and the islands of Bass Strait. The lowlands copperhead is the only venomous snake found above the snow line, active in weather usually considered too cold for snakes. A water lover, copperheads snakes are at home around dams, soaks, canals, drainage ditches and along the verges of roads.

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    Mulga snake. (Pseudechis australis). Also known as: King brown snake. Found: throughout Australia, except in Victoria, Tasmania and the most southern parts of Western Australia – the widest distribution of any Australian snake. 

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    Coastal taipan. (Oxyuranus scutellatus). Found: In an arc along the east coast from northern New South Wales to Brisbane and northern Western Australia. They are fond of sugarcane fields. Coastal taipans are equipped with the longest fangs of any Australian snake (13mm), and have the third most toxic venom of any land snakes. 

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    Inland taipan. (Oxyuranus microlepidotus). Also known as: Fierce snake or small-scaled snake. Found: in cracks and crevices in dry rocky plains where the Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales and Northern Territory borders converge. 

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    Mainland tiger snake. (Notechis scutatus). Also known as: common tiger snake. Found: along the south-eastern coast of Australia, from New South Wales and Victoria to Tasmania and the far corner of South Australia. 

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    Western brown snake. (Pseudonaja mengdeni). Also known as: Gwardar. Found: Widespread over most of mainland Australia – absent only from the wetter fringes of eastern Australia and south-western Western Australia. 

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    Eastern brown snake. (Pseudonaja textilis). Also known as: Common brown snake. Found: Throughout the eastern half of mainland Australia. 

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GALLERY: 10 most dangerous snakes in Australia

By AG STAFF | November 29, 2013

Australia is known for its dangerous snakes, and we have many – but in reality few people die from bites.