Snakes - etech

Acanthophis cummingi. The death adder. Apparently the 'death' bit is a corruption of the original name 'deaf' because they were often observed to not move when approached and were assumed to be deaf.

Actually they're probably just secure in the knowledge that their venom is amongst the most unpleasant on the planet and their speed of strike means that multiple wet bites (wet bites being a bite when venom is injected) can be inflicted in the blink of an eye.

People do normally survive being hit by a death adder but only after an unpleasant interlude of being in a coma for a while.....