THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS, DISTRIBUTION MAPS AND INFORMATION
Covering Snakes and Lizards, Crocodiles and Turtles, including Colubrid snakes, Pythons, Elapids (called Cobras or Coral Snakes in some countries), Sea Snakes, File Snakes, Blind (or Worm) Snakes, Sea Turtles, Freshwater Turtles (or Tortoises) Dragon Lizards (Agamas), Gecko's, Legless Lizards, Monitor Lizards (often called Goanna's in Australia), Skinks and Crocodilia.

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AUSTRALIAN KEELBACK

or FRESH WATER SNAKE
Tropidonophis mairii
Keelback or Freshwater Snake
Snake above was found in Karawatha, (South-east Qld)

AUSTRALIAN KEELBACK or FRESH WATER SNAKE
Snake above was found in Nudgee, (Brisbane) Qld


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The above specimen is from Northern Territory.
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The above specimen is from Northern Territory.


Specimen from Cape Tribulation National Park, Qld.

This is a very common snake in many areas, however it is often mistaken (and killed) for a Brown snake. This species is believed to be able to tolerate eating small cane toads. It can be distinguished from a Brown snake by its keeled scales.

IMPORTANT WARNING

Note the Australian Keelback is Non Venomous however the similar looking Australian Rough Scaled Snake is an extremely dangerous species with venom comparable to our most venomous species.

Also similar looking and closely related species from overseas may be poisonous and or venomous
( Some bites have proved fatal or life threatening).

Of particular note are the Red-necked keelback
and the Tiger keelback (Yamakagashi  or Floral snake)

Serious bites from some overseas species previously believed to be harmless may show misleading symptoms of envenomation, and as the victim gets closer to death they may actually feel like they are recovering.

Also several overseas species have poison glands on their neck, which may contain toxins derived from Toads they have eaten. The thin skin covering the poison glands (not to be confused with venom glands) tears easily expelling the toxin.

Although these species may sometimes be reluctant to bite and were sold in the pet trade in large numbers, extreme care should be taken with snakes resembling Australian Keelbacks.

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