THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA - LORD HOWE ISLAND

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REPTILES OF LORD HOWE ISLAND
(NSW)
HOME SEA SNAKES - Hydrophiinae Laticaudidae Sea Kraits TURTLES Tortoises Chelonii Testudines GECKO LIZARDS Gekkonidae SKINKS


photo of Lampropholis delicata above was taken at Warriewood


GECKOS

Common Name

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Scientific Name

Distribution

(Distribution key and map at bottom of page)

Lord Howe Island Southern Gecko

Christinus guentheri

LHI , NI

Pacific Dtella

Gehyra oceanica

CKI - Native?
(Qld, NT? introduced)

Asian House Gecko (Introduced)

Hemidactylus frenatus

CI, CKI, LHI, NI, NT, Qld, WA, NSW, Vic?

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SKINKS

Common Name

(Internal Links)

Scientific Name

Distribution

(Distribution key and map at bottom of page)

Lord Howe Island Skink

Cyclodina (was Pseudemoia and Oligosoma) lichenigera

LHI, NI

Grass Skink or Dark-flecked Garden Sunskink

Lampropholis delicata

NSW, ACT, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic, also invasive to LHI, New Zealand and Hawaii

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SEA SNAKES


Sea Snakes are often placed in their own family, however now many experts now consider them to be in the Elapid family

All true Sea Snakes and Sea Kraits have a paddle shaped tail

All Sea Snakes and Sea Kraits all have fangs at the front of their mouths and most are believed to have extremely potent venom, however bites to humans are rare and snakes in the Emydocephalus genus are not considered dangerous due to a highly degenerated venom system!


Family Elapidae
Subfamily Hydrophiinae (True Sea Snakes)

(Previously Family Hydrophiidae)

TABLE 1 - TRUE SEA SNAKES
THESE SNAKES ARE LIVEBEARERS THAT SPEND THEIR ENTIRE LIFE IN WATER

Common Name

Scientific Name

Distribution

Common Yellow-bellied Sea Snake

Hydrophis (was Pelamis) platurus platurus

NSW, NT, Qld, Tas, Vic, WA, CKI, CI, NI, LHI, SA?

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SEA TURTLES

 

Common Name

 

Scientific Name
(Subgenus in parentheses)

 

Distribution
(Distribution key and map at bottom of page)

Pacific Loggerhead Turtle

Caretta caretta gigas

(All States)

Pacific Green Turtle

Chelonia mydas japonica

(All States)

Hawksbill Turtle

Eretmochelys imbricata bissa

(NSW, NT, Qld, Tas, Vic)

Pacific Ridley Turtle

Lepidochelys olivacea

(NT, Qld?, WA, Vic, SA?)

Leathery or Luth Turtle

Dermochelys coriacea

(All States)


HYBRIDS

Note that these hybrids occur in the wild

 Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta) × Pacific Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea)

Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta) × Kemp's Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys kempii)

Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta× Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta) × Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas)

Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) × Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas)

Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) × Pacific Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea)



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DISTRIBUTION KEY

Click on the abbreviation below to see a map of the area

CKI = Cocos (Keeling) Island

NSW = New South Wales

Qld = Queensland

Tas = Tasmania

Vic = Victoria

ACT = Australian Capital Territory
(Canberra region only - excludes Jervis Bay Territory)



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LINKS OF INTEREST

Lord Howe Island

Sea Snakes of Australia
MESA

Sea Snakes
School of Biomedical Sciences 

Australian Sea Snakes
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