Sure, it's not the kind of confidence you want to have in your babysitter or plant-waterer; it's more the kind you have when you're in a war and the other side wears a distinctive uniform. And what could be more distinctive than a uniform that's scaly and has no arms or legs?
The thing is, they don't actually hunt. If you wanted to get your neighbour killed for not watering your prize-winning chrysanthemums while you were on holiday, the Death Adder would be like "yeah, man. I'll just stay here and... *yawn* if he passes by I'll... *zzzzz*"
Check out that tail!
With their slovenly ways and disdain for hard work, Death Adders have had to find another way to catch food. They lie down, mostly buried in soil or leaf litter with just their head and tail exposed. They need their head because that's where all the murdering stuff is. And since Death Adders have no sleeves to hide their tricks, they put it on their tail instead.
Video: Jay Snakes
Death Adder tails are AMAZING! We all know about snake-eye mesmerism, but these guys have it on the other end, too. They wriggle their tail in a most hypnotic way... I could watch it for days! That isn't the point, though. Death Adders don't hypnotise stuff and eat them. Instead, it lures birds and lizards who hope to eat that lovely grub-caterpillar thing that's flaunting itself with its enticing dance.
And then the Death Adder strikes. Apparently they go from being poised and ready to attack, to biting and injecting venom, to being poised and ready to attack again, all in under 0.15 seconds! The blink of an eye is about twice that! That's why you have to keep them peeled.
"Beware of fat assassins bearing syringes full of neurotoxin."
Never a truer word spoken.