AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS, DISTRIBUTION MAPS AND INFORMATION
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.
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WESTERN BROWN SNAKE or GWARDER (GWARDAR)
Pseudonaja nuchalis complex
Highly Venomous - Extremely Dangerous
Shield-snouted Brown Snake - Pseudonaja aspidorhyncha, from the eastern two-thirds of South Australia; differs from the other species of the nuchalis complex in having a light lining to the mouth. Adults are sometimes banded.
Western Brown Snake - Pseudonaja mengdeni, widespread across the western two-thirds of Australia; has a black lining to the mouth..
Usually orange with black head or pale headed, with grey nape,Adults are sometimes banded.
Northern Brown Snake - Pseudonaja nuchalis is known only from the tropical Northern Territory and Northern Queensland and Possibly North-eastern WA. It has a black lining to the mouth and a rounded snout.
Shield-snouted brown snake - Pseudonaja aspidorhyncha from South Australia
Shield-snouted brown snake - Pseudonaja aspidorhyncha from South 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 immediately 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.
Contact John Hollister Author of John Hollister Reptile Collection - Herping the Trans-Pecos & Rattlesnake Roundup
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