Covering Snakes and Lizards, Crocodiles and Turtles, including Colubrid snakes, Pythons, Elapids (called Cobras or Coral Snakes in some countries), Sea Snakes, File Snakes, Blind (or Worm) Snakes, Sea Turtles, Freshwater Turtles (or Tortoises) Dragon Lizards (Agamas), Gecko's, Legless Lizards, Monitor Lizards (often called Goanna's in Australia), Skinks and Crocodilia.




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


Colubrids & Mud Snakes




Elapid Snakes


Sea Snakes


File Snakes


Blind Snakes


TURTLES Tortoises Chelonii Testudines

DRAGON LIZARDS Agamas Agamidae


LEGLESS LIZARDS Pygopodidae Pygopods

MONITOR LIZARDS Goannas Varanids Varanidae


CROCODILES Crocodylia Crocodilia Saltwater freshwater estuarine

Turtles Tortoises

Dragons Agamas



Legless Lizards

Monitor Lizards





Notechis scutatus scutatus (was N. scutata)

- Includes BLACK & other TIGER SNAKES
previously Notechis ater

Highly Venomous - Extremely Dangerous

TIGER SNAKE -  Notechis scutata scutatus ater 
Locality unknown.

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.

There 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

 TIGER SNAKE -  Notechis scutata scutatus Map

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

Black tiger snakes Notechis ater and its subspecies below are now no longer considered valid and are regarded as Notechis scutatus scutatus, so the shaded areas in the map below are included for completeness.

TIGER SNAKE -  Notechis ater map

TIGER SNAKE -  Notechis scutata scutatus ater
Banded Phase from Lake George, ACT.


TIGER SNAKE -  Notechis scutata scutatus ater
Baby Tiger snake.

TIGER SNAKE -  Notechis scutata scutatus ater
(Photo above copyright John Fowler 2017)

This picture shows of an amelanistic and a hypo-melanistic tiger snake.
Photo taken at Oasis Reptile Park (now closed), Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia.

Venomous snakes do not always inject venom when biting, 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 August 9, 2017