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Distribution Key

SERPENTES(SNAKES)
Family Elapidae (Elapid Snakes)

Coastal Taipan (Oxyuranus scutellatus scutellatus)
The Elapid family are front fanged snakes and this family includes the Australian dangerous land snakes as well as the Cobras found overseas.
There are also many small species and many of those have weak venoms and are not dangerous to humans.

Sea Snakes are often been placed in their own family, however now many experts consider them to be in the Elapid family
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COMMON NAME (INTERNAL LINK)

SCIENTIFIC NAME
(EXTERNAL LINK)

DISTRIBUTION

Common Death Adder

Acanthophis antarcticus

NSW, ACT, Qld, SA, WA

Kimberley Death Adder

Acanthophis cryptamydros

(Kimberly region) WA

Pilbara Death Adder

Acanthophis wellsei (was Acanthophis wellsi)

WA

North-western Shovel-nosed Snake

Brachyurophis (was Simoselaps) approximans

WA

South-western Narrow-banded Shovel-nosed Snake

Brachyurophis fasciolatus fasciatus

WA

Inland Narrow-banded Shovel-nosed Snake

Brachyurophis fasciolatus fasciolatus

NSW, NT, Qld, SA, WA

Northern Shovel Nosed Snake

Brachyurophis (was Simoselaps) roperi
(split from Brachyurophis semifasciatus)

NT, WA

Half-girdled Snake
or Southern Shovel-nosed Snake

Brachyurophis semifasciatus
(was Simoselaps semifasciata)

NT, SA, WA

Northern (Western) Small-eyed Snake

Cryptophis (was Rhinoplocephalus) pallidiceps

NT, WA

Narrow-headed Whipsnake

Demansia angusticeps

NT, WA

Black-necked Whipsnake

Demansia calodera

WA

Olive Whipsnake or
Marble-headed Whipsnake

Demansia olivacea

WA, NT, Qld?

Greater Black (Papuan)Whip Snake

Demansia papuensis

NT, Qld, WA
(not found in New Guinea)

Sombre Whipsnake

Demansia quaesitor

WA, NT, Qld

Copper-tailed (Reticulated) Whipsnake

Demansia reticulata cupreiceps
previously known as Demansia psammophis cupreiceps

SA, NT, WA

Reticulated (or Desert) Whipsnake

Demansia reticulata reticulata
previously known as Demansia psammophis reticulata

South-western WA

*Crack-dwelling Whipsnake

Demansia rimicola

NT, WA, Qld NSW, SA

Rufous Whipsnake

Demansia rufescens

WA

Shine's Whipsnake

Demansia shinei

NT, WA

Grey Whipsnake

Demansia simplex

NT, WA

*Lesser Black Whip Snake
or Black Whip Snake

Demansia vestigiata (was Demansia atra)

NT, Qld, WA

Masters' Snake

Drysdalia mastersii

SA, Vic, WA

Bardick

Echiopsis curta

NSW, SA, Vic, WA

Western Crowned Snake

Elapognathus coronatus (was Drysdalia coronata)

WA

Little Brown Snake or Short-nosed Snake

Elapognathus minor

WA

Orange-naped Snake

Furina ornata

NT, Qld, SA, WA

Western Black-naped Snake

Neelaps bimaculatus (was Simoselaps bimaculata)

SA, WA

Western Black-striped Snake

Neelaps  (was Simoselaps) calonotus

WA

Western Tiger Snake

Now called Notechis scutatus occidentalis

WA

Coastal Taipan

Oxyuranus scutellatus scutellatus

NSW, NT, Qld, WA

Western Desert or Central Ranges Taipan

Oxyuranus temporalis

WA, NT (no records From SA but likely to occur)

Bush's Spectacled Hooded Snake

(invalid was Parasuta spectabilis bushi) now Suta gouldii

Esperance region, WA (Possibly extinct)

Nullarbor Spectacled Hooded Snake

(invalid was Parasuta spectabilis nullarbor) now Suta gouldii

(Nullarbor Plain) SA, WA

Lake Cronin Snake

Paroplocephalus (was Echiopsis ) atriceps

WA

King Brown or Mulga Snake

Pseudechis australis

NSW, NT, Qld, SA, WA

*Butler's Snake
or Spotted Mulga Snake

Pseudechis butleri

WA

Western Pygmy Mulga Snake (False King Brown Snake)

Pseudechis weigeli

WA, NT

Common Dugite

Pseudonaja affinis affinis

WA, SA

Rottnest Island Dugite

Pseudonaja affinis exilis

(Rottnest Island) WA

Recherche Archipelago Dugite

Pseudonaja affinis tanneri

(Boxer Island , Figure of Eight Island )WA

*Western Brown Snake

Pseudonaja mengdeni

SA, WA, NT, Qld, NSW, Vic?

Ringed Brown Snake

Pseudonaja modesta

NSW, NT, Qld, SA, WA

*Northern Brown Snake

Pseudonaja nuchalis

NT, Qld, WA

Common or Eastern Brown Snake

Pseudonaja textilis

NSW, ACT, NT, Qld, SA, Vic, WA?

Muller's Snake
or Square-nosed Snake

Rhinoplocephalus bicolor

WA

Nullarbor Hooded Snake
(INVALID - SEE Gould's Hooded Snake)

Rhinoplocephalus nullarbor (INVALID - SEE Suta gouldii)

SA, WA

Northern Desert Banded Snake

Simoselaps anomalus

NT, SA, WA

Jan's Desert Banded Snake

Simoselaps bertholdi

NT, SA, WA

Coastal Burrowing Snake or West-Coast Banded Snake

Simoselaps littoralis

WA

Dampierland Burrowing Snake

Simoselaps minimus (was minima)

WA

*Dwyer's Snake
(Status uncertain)

Suta (was Parasuta) dwyeri

NSW, ACT, Qld, Vic, NSW, SA

Rosen's Snake

Suta (was Denisonia) fasciata

WA

Pilbara Hooded Snake

Suta gaikhorstorum
(split from Suta [was Parasuta] monachus)

WA (Pilbara region)

*Gould's Hooded Snake

Suta (was Parasuta) gouldii
(Now also includes snakes previously known as Parasuta spectabilis nullarbor and
Parasuta spectabilis bushi)

WA, SA

*Monk Snake or Hooded Snake

Suta (was Parasuta) monachus
See also Suta gaikhorstorum

NT, SA, WA

*Mitchell's Short-tailed Snake
or Mallee Black-backed Snake (Status uncertain)

Suta (was Parasuta) nigriceps

WA, SA?

Ord Curl Snake

Suta (was Denisonia) ordensis

NT(?), WA

Little Spotted Snake

Suta (was Rhinoplocephalus) punctata

NT, Qld, WA

Myall or Curl Snake

Suta (was Denisonia) suta

NSW, NT, Qld, SA, Vic, WA

Intermediate Bandy Bandy

Vermicella intermedia

NT, WA (Far north of these states)

Northern Bandy Bandy or Narrow Banded Bandy Bandy

Vermicella multifasciata

NT, WA (Far north of these states)

Pilbara Bandy Bandy

Vermicella snelli

WA (Pilbara area)



Sea Snakes
are now considered to be in the Elapid family - click on the link below for
A Listing of Western Australian Sea Snakes

A Listing of Sea Snakes of Western Australia

 

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

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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LINKS OF INTEREST

Key to the Snakes of South Australia
South Australian Museum


Click here for more Information about Australian Elapid Snakes


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