A Listing of Australian Colubrid and Mud Snakes

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AUSTRALIAN COLUBRID SNAKES
Family Colubridae

Common or Green (or Golden) Tree Snake

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COMMON NAME (INTERNAL LINK)

SCIENTIFIC NAME (EXTERNAL LINK)

Distribution

Brown Tree Snake or
Night Tiger Snake

Boiga irregularis
(= Boiga fusca or fuscus)

NSW, NT, Qld, WA

Northern Tree Snake

Dendrelaphis calligaster

Australia (Queensland), Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia

Common or Green (or Golden) Tree Snake

Dendrelaphis punctulatus (was punctulata)

NSW, NT, Qld, WA

Common Wolf Snake

Lycodon capucinus

CI (Possibly introduced), South East Asia

*Corn Snake
NOT NATIVE TO AUSTRALIA

Pantherophis guttatus

Southeastern United States
(Possibly feral populations in Australia)

*Australian Slaty-grey Snake

Stegonotus australis
(split from S. cucullatus)

NT, Qld

Slate-Brown Snake

Stegonotus parvus

Qld (Murray Island)

*Australasian Keelbacks or Freshwater Snakes

Tropidonophis mairii

Australia (NSW, NT, Qld, WA)
New Guinea

Most Australian Colubrids are not venomous (totally harmless).

The Brown Tree Snake and The Wolf Snake are both rear fanged and have weak venoms.

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MUD (Mangrove) SNAKES
Family Homalopsidae (previously Colubridae)

Homalopsidae Mud Snakes

COMMON NAME (INTERNAL LINK)

SCIENTIFIC NAME (EXTERNAL LINK)

DISTRIBUTION

Australian Bockadam

Cerberus australis
(was Cerberus rynchops )

NT, Qld, WA (also New Guinea & Indonesia)

White-Bellied Mangrove Snake

Fordonia leucobalia

NT, Qld, WA

Resetar's Mangrove Snake

Myron resetari
(
split from Myron richardsonii)

WA

Richardson's Mangrove Snake

Myron richardsonii

NT, Qld, WA

Macleay's Water Snake

Pseudoferania (was Enhydris) polylepis

NT, Qld

Mud snakes are rear fanged aquatic snakes previously classed as colubrids. All Australian species have live young. Although venomous they are not considered dangerous and are often found on mud flats and in estuaries. In Australia they are found in warmer climates. Although quite common in some areas they are poorly known amongst the general public, although often seen by fishermen in some fishing spots.

 

DISTRIBUTION KEY
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CI = Christmas Island

CKI = Cocos (Keeling) Island

NSW = New South Wales

NT = Northern Territory

Qld = Queensland

SA = South Australia

Tas = Tasmania

Vic = Victoria

WA = Western Australia

NI = Norfolk Island

LHI = Lord Howe Island

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

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