THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS, DISTRIBUTION MAPS AND INFORMATION
This site covers 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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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

Pythons

 

 

Elapid Snakes

 

Sea Snakes

 

File Snakes

 

Blind Snakes

 

TURTLES Tortoises Chelonii Testudines

DRAGON LIZARDS Agamas Agamidae

GECKO LIZARDS Gekkonidae

LEGLESS LIZARDS Pygopodidae Pygopods

MONITOR LIZARDS Goannas Varanids Varanidae

SKINK LIZARDS Scincidae

CROCODILES Crocodylia Crocodilia Saltwater freshwater estuarine

Turtles Tortoises

Dragons Agamas

Geckos

 

Legless Lizards

Monitor Lizards

Skinks

 

Crocodiles

 


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


Shield-snouted Brown Snake Pseudonaja aspidorhyncha
Approximate distribution map.




Western Brown Snake Pseudonaja mengdeni and Northern Brown Snake Pseudonaja nuchalis
Approximate distribution map.



Shield-snouted brown snake - Pseudonaja aspidorhyncha from South Australia.

Shield-snouted brown snake - Pseudonaja aspidorhyncha from South Australia 



Locality unknown

A Systematic and Taxonomic Review
of
Two Australo-Pacific Snake Genera
(Elapidae: Oxyuranus and Pseudonaja)

 

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.


LINKS OF INTEREST


Click here for a complete list of Australian Elapid snakes

Click here for more information about Australian Elapid snakes

Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia 7th Edition.jpg A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia 5th edition Edition

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