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SPECTACLED SNAKE
or
Mallee Black-Headed Snake

Suta spectabilis

(was Parasuta spectabilis spectabilis)

Mildly venomous - normally considered harmless
However dangerous species may be mistaken for this species!

Note that there are now no valid subspecies of Parasuta spectabilis

COMMON NAME

SCIENTIFIC NAME
(EXTERNAL LINK)

DISTRIBUTION

Bush's Spectacled Hooded Snake

(invalid was Parasuta spectabilis bushi) now Suta gouldii

Esperance region, WA (Possibly extinct)

Nullarbor Spectacled Hooded Snake

(invalid was Parasuta spectabilis nullarbor ) now Suta gouldii

(Nullarbor Plain) SA, WA

Common Spectacled Hooded Snake

Suta (was Parasuta) spectabilis spectabilis

NSW, Qld, SA, Vic



Spectacled snake Parasuta spectabilis spectabilis
This photo of a Spectacled Snake (Suta spectabilis) was taken near Dublin, South Australia


Approximate distributon of the Spectacled snake Parasuta spectabilis
Approximate distribution of the Spectacled Snake (Suta spectabilis)

Spectacled snake Parasuta spectabilis spectabilis

Spectacled snake Parasuta spectabilis spectabilis
This photo of a Spectacled Snake (Suta spectabilis) was taken near Dublin, South Australia

Note the patterning within the black area of the top of its head. There are often some pale scales in this region on this species.

SPECTACLED SNAKE Parasuta spectabilis
The photo of a Spectacled Snake (Suta spectabilis) above was taken, without disturbing the snake in the wild which was found under a sheet of corrugated iron. This mildly venomous snake is considered harmless and is extremely common in some areas.

SPECTACLED SNAKE Parasuta spectabilis  
Spectacled Snake (Suta spectabilis)

 

Note that in the Adelaide area this small species is often confused with the Little Whip Snake (Parasuta flagellum) which is also found close to the city and looks extremely similar. The Little Whip Snake (Parasuta flagellum) tends to be in the Mt. Lofty Ranges and Adelaide Hills particularly south and east of the city. The Spectacled Snake (Parasuta spectabilis) tends to be on the coastal plains to the North West of the City and hills north of the Adelaide area, (it has 15 mid body scales). The Little Whip Snake (Parasuta flagellum) sometimes has a large fat tail (sexual dimorphism?) and tends to have a more solid black hood marking, (it has 15-17 mid body scales).


SIMILAR SPECIES

 

COMMON NAME (INTERNAL LINK)

SCIENTIFIC NAME

DISTRIBUTION

Little Whip Snake

Suta (was Parasuta) flagellum

NSW, SA, Vic , ACT?

Gould's Hooded Snake

Suta (was Parasuta) gouldii

WA, SA

Monk Snake or Hooded Snake

Suta (was Parasuta) monachus

NSW, NT, SA, WA

Mallee Black-backed Snake or Mitchell's Short Tailed Snake (Status uncertain)

Suta (was Parasuta) nigriceps (Status uncertain)

WA, SA?

*Dwyer's Snake
(Status uncertain)

Suta (was Parasuta) dwyeri

NSW, SA, Vic, Qld, ACT



Click here to see photos of Spectacled Snakes (Suta spectabilis) at flickr
Click here to see photos of Spectacled Snakes ( Suta spectabilis ) at Flickr

LINKS OF INTEREST

Herpetology2020 - What’s Under the Hood
Phylogeny and Taxonomy of the Snake Genera Parasuta and Suta (Squamata: Elapidae), with A Description of A New Species from the Pilbara, Western Australia
Species New to Science

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