Tiger snake can reach 3 to 7 feet in length. Males are larger than females.
Color of tiger snake depends on the habitat. Dorsal side of the body can be brown, black, grey and yellow colored and covered with alternate dark and light stripes. Belly is usually yellow or orange-colored. Some tiger snakes lack stripes. Uniformly colored tiger snakes can be yellowish-brown or completely black colored.
Most dark-colored tiger snakes are covered with yellow stripes, hence the name “tiger snakes”.
Tiger snake has wide head and strong, muscular body covered with partially-glossy scales.
Tiger snake is diurnal animal (active during the day).
Tiger snake spends most of its life on the ground (terrestrial animal), but it can easily climb on trees and various man-made objects. Tiger snake is also able to swim and dive. It can spend 9 minutes under the water without returning to the surface to breathe.
Tiger snake is a carnivore (meat-eater). Its diet is based on mammals, birds, frogs, fish and lizards.
Tiger snake is mostly active during the warm, summer months. It is usually rests during the cold winter days, well hidden in the abandoned burrows in the ground or inside the logs.
Tiger snake occasionally basks in the sun during the winter to increase body temperature and gain required energy.
Tiger snake produces strong neurotoxic venom that is used for killing of prey and for the protection against predators. This snake will attack humans only in self-defense. Bite can be fatal and victim should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Main predators of tiger snakes are large snakes, birds of prey and humans.
Tiger snakes are often classified as aggressive due to specific, cobra-like posture (flattened head and neck and raised body) which precedes attack.
Males are aggressive during the mating season. They fight with each other using their heads while their bodies are intertwined. Winner of a battle gets opportunity to mate.
Mating season of tiger snakes takes place during the spring. Tiger snakes are viviparous. Females do not lay eggs. Instead, they give birth to 20 to 30 live babies (occasionally up to 64) during the summer. Young tiger snakes need to fend for themselves from the moment of birth.
Tiger snake can survive from 10 to 15 years in the captivity.
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