AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS AND INFORMATION
Covering Australian Snakes and Lizards, Crocodiles and Turtles
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EASTERN TIGER SNAKE
Mainland Tiger Snake
Notechis scutatus scutatus (was N. scutata)
Includes information about BLACK & other TIGER SNAKES (previously Notechis ater)
Highly Venomous - Extremely Dangerous
Many people consider that is now only 1 species of Tiger Snake (which has only 2 subspecies).
All of the shaded regions in the maps above and below besides the green shading in the upper map are now considered by most people to be Notechis scutatus scutatus. (The Green shaded area in the upper map shows the distribution of the Western Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus occidentalis) to see the distribution of what most people currently consider to be Notechis scutatus scutatus you need to combine the Orange area above which shows the historical distribution of the Mainland or Eastern Tiger snake with the map covering the distribution of what were previously known as Black Tiger Snakes below.
The map above does not include the species that have had their species and/or subspecies status changed, however the common names at least, of these races are still often used, and you will still find the common names and scientific names in use on many websites. There are also often different characteristics associated with the different races.
NOTE THAT BOTH MAPS NEED TO BE COMBINED TO SEE THE COMPLETE DISTRIBUTION OF TIGER SNAKES
Approximate Distribution of what were previously known as Notechis ater (names still in use by some people and websites)
Banded Phase Eastern Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus scutatus) from Lake George, NSW
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 first aid and treatment for this species and other dangerous snakes increases 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
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