Covering Australian Snakes and Lizards, Crocodiles and Turtles



COLUBRID SNAKES - Colubridae Homalopsidae Mud Snakes

PYTHON SNAKES - Pythonidae

ELAPID SNAKES - Elapidae Cobras Coral Snakes

SEA SNAKES - Hydrophiinae Laticaudidae Sea Kraits

FILE SNAKES - Acrochordidae

BLIND SNAKES - Worm Snakes - Typhlopidae Ramphotyphlops

TURTLES Tortoises Chelonii Testudines

DRAGON LIZARDS Agamas Agamidae


LEGLESS LIZARDS Pygopodidae Pygopods

MONITOR LIZARDS Goannas Varanids Varanidae


CROCODILES Crocodylia Crocodilia Saltwater freshwater estuarine

Mainland Tiger Snake

Notechis scutatus scutatus (was N. scutata)
Includes BLACK & other TIGER SNAKES (previously Notechis ater)
Highly Venomous - Extremely Dangerous

Banded Phase Eastern Tiger Snakes Notechis scutatus scutatus

TIGER SNAKE -  Notechis scutata scutatus Map
Many people consider is now only 1 species (which has only 2 subspecies) of tiger snake. All of the shaded regions in the maps below besides the green shading in the upper map are now Eastern Tiger Snakes Notechis scutatus scutatus. The Green shaded area in the upper map shows the distribution of the Western Tiger Snake Notechis scutatus occidentalis

The map above does not include the species that have had their subspecies status removed.

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

Note that there is still some uncertainty about the status of the species and subspecies of Tiger snakes -
The maps below show the previously accepted names which are included as a reference to the "races" of tiger snakes.
Black tiger snakes Notechis ater and its subspecies below are now no longer considered valid and are regarded as Notechis scutatus scutatus by many, so the shaded areas in the map below are included for completeness.

TIGER SNAKE -  Notechis ater map
Approximate Distribution of what were previously known as (names still in use by some people) Notechis ater)

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 an amelanistic and a hypo-melanistic Eastern Tiger Snakes Notechis scutatus scutatus. Both were wild caught.
Photo taken at Oasis Reptile Park (now closed), Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia.

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.


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Updated February 28, 2019