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DUGITE
or
Spotted Brown Snake

Pseudonaja affinis

Highly Venomous - Extremely Dangerous

There are 3 Subspecies listed below:-

SUBSPECIES
COMMON NAME

SCIENTIFIC NAME

DISTRIBUTION

Common Dugite

Pseudonaja affinis affinis

WA, SA

Rottnest Island Dugite

Pseudonaja affinis exilis

(Rottnest Island) WA

Recherche Archipelago Dugite

Pseudonaja affinis tanneri

(Boxer Island , Figure of Eight Island )WA

The Dugite (Pseudonaja affinis) is a type of Brown Snake. The Common Dugite (Pseudonaja affinis affinis) is very common around Perth and surrounding areas. It is found through the south of Western Australia through the Nullarbor Plain and Eyre Peninsula in South Australia


The Rottnest Island Dugite (Pseudonaja affinis exilis) is the only large snake found on Rottnest Island

   


 DUGITE - Pseudonaja affinis
Common Dugite (Pseudonaja affinis affinis) - notice the broad belly scales on the shed skin.
(Photo taken at the West Australian Reptile Park)

DUGITE - Pseudonaja affinis map
Approximate distribution of the Dugite

DUGITE - Pseudonaja affinis
Common Dugite (Pseudonaja affinis affinis) photographed at Eucla, WA


DUGITE - Pseudonaja affinis
An extremely large Common Dugite (Pseudonaja affinis affinis) -
(Photo taken at the West Australian Reptile Park)

 

Click here to see photos of Dugites (Pseudonaja affinis) at flickr

Click here to see photos of Dugites ( Pseudonaja affinis ) at Flickr

 

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 medical procedures.


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