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A Listing of Australian Elapid Snakes
Distribution Key

Family Elapidae (Elapid Snakes)

ELAPID SNAKES - Elapidae Cobras Coral Snakes
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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Scientific Name Common Name Distribution
Acanthophis antarcticus *Common Death Adder NSW,NT?,Qld,SA,Vic?,WA
Acanthophis hawkei ( now A. antarcticus) status uncertain * Barkly Tableland Death Adder NT,Qld
Acanthophis rugosus (now A. antarcticus ) status uncertain * Rough-scaled Death Adder NT,Qld,WA, New Guinea
Acanthophis wellsi * Pilbara Death Adder WA, NT?
Acanthophis praelongus Northern Death Adder NT,Qld,WA
Acanthophis pyrrhus Desert Death Adder NT,Qld,SA,WA
Austrelaps labialis Pigmy Copperhead SA
Austrelaps ramsayi Highlands Copperhead NSW,Vic
Austrelaps superbus Lowlands copperhead NSW,SA,Tas,Vic
Cacophis churchilli Northern Dwarf Crowned Snake Qld
Cacophis harriettae White-Crowned Snake NSW,Qld
Cacophis krefftii *Dwarf Crowned Snake NSW,Qld
Cacophis squamulosus Golden Crowned Snake NSW,Qld
Demansia atra Lesser Black Whip Snake NT,Qld,WA
Demansia calodera Black-Necked Whipsnake WA
Demansia olivacea Olive Whip Snake NT,Qld,WA
Demansia papuensis Greater Black (Papuan)Whip Snake NT,Qld,WA
Demansia psammmophis Yellow-Faced Whipsnake NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Demansia reticulata Desert Whipsnake SA
Demansia simplex Grey Whip Snake NT,WA
Demansia torquata Collared Whip Snake NSW,NT,Qld,SA(?)
Denisonia devisii De Vis Banded Snake NSW,Qld
Denisonia maculata Ornamental Snake Qld
Elapognaphus coronatus (was Drysdalia coronata) Western Crowned Snake WA
Drysdalia (Elapognaphus) coronoides White-Lipped Snake NSW,SA,Tas,Vic
Drysdalia (Elapognaphus) mastersii Masters' Snake ,SA,Vic,WA NSW(?)
Drysdalia (Elapognaphus) rhodogaster Mustard Bellied Snake NSW
Paroplocephalus (Echiopsis) atriceps Lake Cronin Snake WA
Echiopsis curta Bardick NSW,SA,Vic,WA
Elapognathus minor Little Brown Snake WA
Furina diadema Red-naped Snake NSW,Qld,SA,Vic
Furina ornata *Orange-naped Snake NT,Qld,SA,WA
Glyphodon barnardi Yellow-naped Snake Qld
Glyphodon dunmalli Dunmall's Snake Qld
Glyphodon tristis Brown-headed Snake Qld
Hemiaspis damelii Grey Snake NSW,Qld
Hemiaspis signata Black-bellied Swamp or Marsh Snake NSW,Qld
Hoplocephalus bitorquatus Pale-headed Snake NSW,Qld
Hoplocephalus bungaroides Broad-headed Snake NSW
Hoplocephalus stephensii Stephens' Banded Snake NSW,Qld
Notechis ater ater (or Notechis scutatus sp) Krefft's Black Tiger Snake SA
Notechis ater humphreysi (or Notechis scutatus sp) Tasmanian Tiger Snake Tas
Notechis ater niger (or Notechis scutatus sp) Peninsula Black Tiger Snake SA
Notechis ater serventyi (or Notechis scutatus sp) Chappel Island Tiger Snake Tas (Offshore Islands)
Notechis scutatus occidentalis Western Tiger Snake WA
Notechis scutatus scutatus *Eastern or Mainland Tiger Snake NSW,Qld,SA,Vic
Oxyuranus microlepidotus *Inland Taipan or Fierce Snake NSW, Qld, SA,Vic(?) NT?
Oxyuranus scutellatus Coastal Taipan NSW,NT,Qld,WA
Oxyuranus temporalis *Western Desert or Central Ranges Taipan WA, SA? NT?
Pseudechis australis King Brown or Mulga Snake NSW,NT,Qld,SA,WA
Pseudechis butleri Butler's Snake WA
Pseudechis colletti Collett's Snake Qld
Pseudechis guttatus Blue-bellied or Spotted Black Snake NSW,Qld
Pseudechis pailsei *False King Brown Snake Qld, NT, WA
Pseudechis papuanus Papuan Black Snake Qld (Saibai Island)
Pseudechis porphyriacus Red-bellied Black Snake NSW,Qld,SA,Vic
Pseudonaja affinis Dugite SA,WA
Pseudonaja aspidorhyncha *Western Brown Snake (Eastern Species) or Strap Snouted Brown Snake SA, NSW?
Pseudonaja guttata Speckled Brown Snake NT,Qld,SA
Pseudonaja inframacula Peninsula Brown Snake SA,WA(?)
Pseudonaja ingrami Ingram's Brown Snake NT,Qld,WA
Pseudonaja mengdeni Gwarder (or Gwardar ) (Western Brown Snake) SA,WA,NT
Pseudonaja modesta *Ringed Brown Snake NSW,NT,Qld,SA,WA
Pseudonaja nuchalis *Western Brown Snake (Northern Species) NT,Qld ?
Pseudonaja textilis Common or Eastern Brown Snake NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Rhinoplocephalus bicolor Muller's Snake or Square-nosed snake WA
Cryptophis (was Rhinoplocephalus) boschmai *Carpentaria Whip Snake Qld
Cryptophis (was Rhinoplocephalus) incredibilis Pink Snake Qld
Cryptophis (was Rhinoplocephalus) nigrescens Eastern Small-eyed Snake NSW,Qld,Vic
Cryptophis (was Rhinoplocephalus) nigrostriatus Black-striped Snake Qld
Rhinoplocephalus nullabor Nullarbor Hooded Snake SA,WA
Cryptophis (was Rhinoplocephalus) pallidiceps Northern (Western) Small-eyed Snake NT,WA
Simoselaps anomalus Northern Desert Banded Snake NT,SA,WA
Brachyurophis (was Simoselaps) approximans North-western Shovel-nosed Snake WA
Brachyurophis (was Simoselaps) australis Australian Coral Snake NSW,Qld,SA,Vic
Simoselaps bertholdi Desert Banded Snake NT,SA,WA
Simoselaps bimaculata Western Black-naped Snake SA,WA
Simoselaps calonotus Western Black-striped Snake WA
Brachyurophis fasciolatus (was Simoselaps fasciolata) Narrow-banded Burrowing Snake NSW,NT,Qld,SA,WA
Brachyurophis (was Simoselaps) incinctus Unbanded Shovel-nosed Snake NT,Qld
Simoselaps littoralis Coastal Burrowing Snake WA
Simoselaps minima Dampierland Burrowing Snake NT
Brachyurophis morrisi Arnhem Shovel-nosed Snake WA
Simoselaps semifasciata Half-girdled Snake NT,Qld,SA,WA
Brachyurophis (was Simoselaps) roperi Northern Shovel Nosed Snake NT,Qld,SA,WA
Brachyurophis (was Simoselaps) semifasciatus Half-girdled Snake NT,Qld,SA,WA
Antaioserpens (was Simoselaps) warro Robust Burrowing Snake Qld
Simoselaps woodjonesii Cape York Shovel-nosed Snake Qld
Suta (was Denisonia) fasciata Rosen's Snake WA
Parasuta (was Suta & Rhinoplocephalus) flagellum Little Whip Snake NSW,SA,Vic
Parasuta (was Suta & Rhinoplocephalus) gouldii Black-headed Snake WA
Parasuta (was Suta & Rhinoplocephalus) monachus Hooded Snake NSW,NT,SA,WA
Parasuta (was Suta & Rhinoplocephalus) nigriceps Mallee Black-backed Snake NSW,SA,Vic,WA
Suta (was Denisonia) ordensis Ord Curl Snake NT(?),WA
Suta (was Rhinoplocephalus) punctata Little Spotted Snake NT,Qld,WA
Parasuta (was Suta & Rhinoplocephalus) spectabilis Spectacled Hooded Snake NSW,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Parasuta (was Suta & Rhinoplocephalus) dwyeri Dwyer's Snake NSW,Qld
Suta (was Denisonia) suta Myall or Curl Snake NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Tropidechis carinatus Rough-scaled Snake NSW,Qld
Vermicella annulata Bandy Bandy NSW,ACT,NT,Qld,SA,Vic
Vermicella intermedia Intermediate Bandy Bandy NT,WA (Far north of these states)
Vermicella multifasciata Northern Bandy Bandy NT,WA (Far north of these states)
Vermicella snelli Pilbara Bandy Bandy WA (Pilbara area)
Vermicella vermiformis Centralian Bandy Bandy NT (Central Australia)

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



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