THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA

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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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

 


SPECTACLED SNAKE
or
Mallee Black-Headed Snake

Parasuta spectabilis

(was Suta spectabilis & Unechis spectabilis)

Venomous - normally considered harmless
However dangerous species may be mistaken for this species!
SPECTACLED SNAKE Parasuta spectabilis
The photo of spectacled snake 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 Parasuta spectabilis map
Status in NSW uncertain

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
(EXTERNAL LINK)

DISTRIBUTION

Little Whip Snake

Parasuta (was Suta & Rhinoplocephalus) flagellum

NSW,SA,Vic

*Gould's Hooded Snake

Parasuta (was Suta & Rhinoplocephalus) gouldii

WA

Monk Snake or Hooded Snake

Parasuta (was Suta & Rhinoplocephalus) monachus

NSW,NT,SA,WA

Mallee Black-backed Snake

Parasuta (was Suta & Rhinoplocephalus) nigriceps

NSW,SA,Vic,WA

Dwyer's Snake

Parasuta (was Suta & Rhinoplocephalus) dwyeri

NSW,Qld

 

EXTERNAL LINKS

Mallee black-headed snake
AROD

 

 

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