AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS AND INFORMATION
Covering Australian Snakes and Lizards, Crocodiles and Turtles
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WESTERN TIGER SNAKE
Notechis scutatus occidentalis
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
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.
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
Updated February 2, 2019