THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS, DISTRIBUTION MAPS AND INFORMATION
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COLUBRID SNAKES - Colubridae Homalopsidae Mud Snakes

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ELAPID SNAKES - Elapidae Cobras Coral Snakes

SEA SNAKES - Hydrophiinae Laticaudidae Sea Kraits

FILE SNAKES - Acrochordidae

BLIND SNAKES - Worm Snakes - Typhlopidae Ramphotyphlops

Selection of Australian Frogs

TURTLES Tortoises Chelonii Testudines

DRAGON LIZARDS Agamas Agamidae

GECKO LIZARDS Gekkonidae

LEGLESS LIZARDS Pygopodidae Pygopods

MONITOR LIZARDS Goannas Varanids Varanidae

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CROCODILES Crocodylia Crocodilia Saltwater freshwater estuarine

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AUSTRALIAN TIGER SNAKES (COMPLEX)
Notechis scutatus (was Notechis scutata)
- Includes BLACK & other TIGER SNAKES
previously known as Notechis ater
Extremely Dangerously Venomous

Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus) (subspecies uncertain)
Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus) (subspecies uncertain)

Note that even if most people may not use or recognise the Scientific names on this page, they may still often use the common names
 
There is now only 1 species of Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus) and (Notechis ater) is no longer recognised by most people.

The status of the Western Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus occidentalis) appears to still recognised by many as a subspecies, however many references do not mention recognised "valid" subspecies anyway!


APPROXIMATE DISTRIBUTION OF THE "RACES" OF TIGER SNAKES (Notechis scutatus)
 APPROXIMATE DISTRIBUTION OF THE "RACES" OF TIGER SNAKES (Notechis scutatus)


RECOGNISED SUBSPECIES OF TIGER SNAKES ARE LISTED BELOW

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COMMON NAME
(INTERNAL LINK)

SCIENTIFIC NAME

DISTRIBUTION

Western Tiger Snake

Now called Notechis scutatus occidentalis (was Notechis ater occidentalis)

WA (Dark Green)

Eastern or Mainland Tiger Snake

Now called Notechis scutatus scutatus

NSW, ACT, Qld, SA, Vic, Tas (Orange)



RACES OF TIGER SNAKES (Notechis scutatus)
Subspecies (scientific names listed below are no longer recognised by many people) however the common names are still in use

COMMON NAME
(INTERNAL LINK)

SCIENTIFIC NAME
(not usually recognised)

DISTRIBUTION

Krefft's Black Tiger Snake
(Status uncertain)

Now called Notechis scutatus ater
(was Notechis ater ater)

(Status uncertain)

SA (Southern Flinders Ranges) (Purple)

Tasmanian Tiger Snake
(Status uncertain)

Now called Notechis scutatus humphreysi
(was Notechis ater humphreysi)
(Status uncertain)

Tas (Yellow)

Peninsula Black Tiger Snake
(Status uncertain)

Now called Notechis scutatus niger
(was Notechis ater niger)
(Status uncertain)

SA (Blue)

Chappell Island Tiger Snake

(Status uncertain)

Now called Notechis scutatus serventyi (was Notechis ater serventyi)
(Status uncertain)

Tas (Offshore Islands) (Red)

TIGER SNAKE -  Notechis scutata scutatus ater
Banded Phase Eastern Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus scutatus) from Lake George, ACT

TIGER SNAKE -  Notechis scutata scutatus ater
Eastern Tiger Snakes (Notechis scutatus scutatus) - Locality unknown.

 

TIGER SNAKE -  Notechis scutata scutatus ater
Baby Eastern Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus scutatus)

TIGER SNAKE -  Notechis scutata scutatus ater
This picture shows of an amelanistic and a hypo-melanistic Eastern Tiger Snakes Notechis scutatus scutatus.
Photo taken at Oasis Reptile Park (now closed), Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia.


Western Tiger Snake Notechis scutatus occidentalis
Captive Western Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus occidentalis)


Penisula black Tiger Snake 
Peninsula Black Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus niger)


Kangaroo Island Black Tigers Notechis scutatus niger
A group of Peninsula Black Tiger Snakes (Notechis scutatus niger) from Kangaroo Island



Krefft's Black Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus ater) -
Note that the person handling this snake was bitten by it and had to get hospital treatment!


 
Tasmanian Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus humphreysi)


Tasmanian Tiger Snake Notechis scutatus humphreysi
Tasmanian Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus humphreysi)


Tasmanian Tiger Snake Notechis scutatus humphreysi
Tasmanian Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus humphreysi)


Tasmanian Tiger Snake Notechis scutatus humphreysi
Juvenile Tasmanian Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus humphreysi)

Chappell Island Tiger Snake 
Chappell Island Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus serventyi)


Click here to see photos of subspecies, races and phases of Tiger Snakes (Notechis scutatus) at Flickr
Click here to see photos of subspecies, races and phases of Tiger Snakes (Notechis scutatus) at Flickr

 

Venomous snakes do not always inject venom when biting, those bites are called dry bites, however due to the extremely high toxicity of the venom of this species, it is vital that first aid is performed immediately (constrictive bandage etc.) and the patient is taken as fast as possible to hospital. Lack of symptoms may not mean that the victim has not been envenomated.

Correct and immediate treatment for this species and other dangerous snakes increase the chance of survival.

Although people are commonly bitten by dangerous snakes in Australia, the actual number of deaths is actually very low, due to antivenines and medical procedures.

LINKS OF INTEREST

Tiger Snake
The Australian Museum

Notechis scutatus (PETERS, 1861)
Reptile Database

Click here for more Information about Australian Elapid Snakes

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