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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SPECTACLED SNAKE
Suta (Unechis) 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.

  

Note that in the Adelaide area this species is easily confused with Suta (Unechis) flagellum which is also found close to the city and looks extremely similar. S. flagellum tends to be in the Mt. Lofty Ranges and Adelaide Hills particularly south and east of the city. S. spectabilis tends to be on the coastal plains to the North West of the City and north of the Adelaide area. U. flagellum sometimes has a fat tail (sexual dimorphism?) and tends to have a more solid black hood marking.

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Updated May 17, 2016