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.




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




Elapid Snakes


Sea Snakes


File Snakes


Blind Snakes


TURTLES Tortoises Chelonii Testudines

DRAGON LIZARDS Agamas Agamidae


LEGLESS LIZARDS Pygopodidae Pygopods

MONITOR LIZARDS Goannas Varanids Varanidae


CROCODILES Crocodylia Crocodilia Saltwater freshwater estuarine

Turtles Tortoises

Dragons Agamas



Legless Lizards

Monitor Lizards






Reptiles of Australia

South Australia Habitats

A Listing of South Australia Reptiles



Sorry, No Crocodiles in Southern Australia


Scientific Name
Common Name
Chelodina (Macrochelodina) expansa Broad-Shelled River Turtle NSW,Qld,SA,Vic
Chelodina (Macrochelodina) longicollis Eastern Snake-Headed Tortoise NSW,Qld,SA,Vic
Emydura macquarii Murray Turtle NSW,Qld,SA,Vic


Scientific Name
Common Name
Amphibolurus muricatus Jacky Lizard NSW,Qld,SA,Vic
Amphibolurus nobbi Nobbi Dragon NSW,Qld,SA,Vic
Amphibolurus norrisi Mallee Heath Lashtail Dragon SA,Vic,WA
Ctenophorus caudicinctus Ring-tailed Dragon NT,Qld,SA,WA
Ctenophorus clayi Black Shouldered Ground Dragon NT,SA,WA
Ctenophorus cristatus Crested Dragon SA,WA
Ctenophorus decresii Tawny Dragon NSW,SA
Ctenophorus fionni Peninsula Dragon SA
Ctenophorus fordi Malle Dragon NSW,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Ctenophorus gibba Bulldust Ground-Dragon SA
Ctenophorus isolepis Military Dragon NT,Qld,SA,WA
Ctenophorus maculatus Spotted Dragon SA,WA
Ctenophorus maculosus Lake Eyre Dragon SA
Ctenophorus nuchalis Central netted Dragon NSW,NT,Qld,SA,WA
Ctenophorus pictus Painted Dragon NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Ctenophorus reticulatus Western Netted Dragon SA,WA
Ctenophorus rufescens Rusty Crevice Dragon SA,WA
Ctenophorus scutulatus Lozenge-Marked Dragon SA,WA
Ctenophorus vadnappa Red Barred Dragon SA
Diporiphora lalliae Lally's Two Lined Dragon NT,SA,WA
Diporiphora linga Pink Two Lined Dragon Dragon SA
Diporiphora winneckei Canegrass Two Lined Dragon NSW,NT,Qld,SA,WA
Lophognathus longirostri Long-nosed Water Dragon NT,Qld,SA,WA
Moloch horridus Thorny Devil (lizard) NT,Qld,SA,WA
Pogona barbata Bearded Dragon or Jew Lizard NSW,Qld,SA,Vic
Pogona minor Dwarf Bearded Dragon NT,SA,WA
Pogona nullarbor Nullabor Bearded Dragon SA,WA
Pogona vitticeps Inland Bearded Dragon NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic
Tympanocryptis adelaiden Queen Adelaide Dragon SA,WA
Tympanocryptis cephalus (T.cephala) *Pebble Dragon WA
Tympanocryptis intima Gibber Earless Dragon NSW,NT,Qld,SA
Tympanocryptis lineata Lined Earless Dragon NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Tympanocryptis tetraporophora Long-tailed or Eyrean Earless Dragon NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic


Scientific Name
Common Name
Christinus marmoratus Marbled Gecko NSW,SA,Vic,WA
Crenadactylus ocellatus Clawless Gecko NT,Qld,SA,WA
Diplodactylus byrnei Byrne's Gecko NSW,NT,Qld,SA
Strophurus (was Diplodactylus) ciliaris Spiny-tailed Gecko NSW,NT,Qld,SA,WA
Diplodactylus conspicill Fat-tailed Gecko NSW,NT,Qld,SA,WA
Strophurus (was Diplodactylus) elderi Jewelled Gecko NSW,NT,Qld,SA,WA
Diplodactylus galeatus Mesa Gecko NT,SA
Diplodactylus granariensis *Western Stone Gecko WA
Diplodactylus intermediu Eastern Spiny-Tailed Gecko NSW,NT,SA,Vic,WA
Diplodactylus pulcher Fine-faced Gecko SA,WA
Diplodactylus steindachn Steindachner's Gecko NSW,Qld,SA(?)
Diplodactylus stenodacty Crowned Gecko NSW,NT,Qld,SA,WA
Diplodactylus tessellatu Tesselated Gecko NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic
Diplodactylus vittatus Wood or Stone Gecko NSW,Qld,SA,Vic
Strophurus (was Diplodactylus) williamsi Soft-spined Gecko NSW,Qld,SA(?)
Gehyra lazelli Southern Rock Dtella SA,NSW,Vic?
Gehyra montium (recently split) *Centralian Dtella NT?,SA,WA
Gehyra nana (recently split) *Northern Rock Dtella NT,Qld,SA,WA
Gehyra purpurascens Purplish Dtella NT,Qld,SA,WA
Gehyra variegata (now split into multiple species) *Tree Dtella SA,WA
Gehyra versicolor (was Gehyra variegata) *Eastern Tree Dtella NSW,NT?,Qld,SA,Vic.
Heteronotia binoei Bynoes or Prickly Gecko NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Lucasium damaeum Beaded Gecko NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Nephrurus deleani Pernatty Knob-Tailed Gecko SA
Nephrurus laevissimus Smooth or Pale Knob-Tailed Gecko NT,SA,WA
Nephrurus levis Common Knob-Tailed Gecko NSW,NT,Qld,SA,WA
Nephrurus stellatus Southern Knob-tailed Gecko SA,WA
Nephrurus vertebralis Knob-Tailed Gecko SA,WA
Oedura marmorata Marbled Velvet Gecko NSW,NT,Qld,SA,WA
Rhynchoedura angusta (split from) ornata *Border Beaked Gecko NSW,Qld,SA
Rhynchoedura eyrensis (split from) ornata *Eyre Basin Beaked Gecko NSW,Qld,SA
Rhynchoedura ornata *Western Beaked Gecko NT,SA,WA
Underwoodisaurus milii Thick-tailed Gecko NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic,WA

Scientific Name
Common Name
Aprasia inaurita Mallee Worm-lizard or Red-tailed Worm-lizard NSW,SA,Vic,WA
Aprasia pseudopulchella *Flinders Range Worm-lizard or Pink-tailed Worm-lizard SA
Aprasia striolata Striated Worm Lizard  SA,Vic,WA
Delma borea Rusty-topped Delma NT,Qld,SA(?),WA
Delma butleri *Unbanded Delma NSW,NT,Qld(?),SA,Vic,
Delma fraseri Frasers Delma SA,WA
Delma impar Many-lined Delma NSW,SA,Vic
Delma inornata Patternless Delma NSW,Qld,SA,Vic
Delma molleri *Gulf Delma SA
Delma nasuta Sharp-snouted Legless Lizard NSW(?),NT,Qld,SA,WA
Delma tincta Excitable Delma NSW,NT,Qld,SA,WA
Lialis burtonis Burton's Legless Lizard NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Ophidiocephalus taeniatus Bronzeback NT,SA
Pygopus lepidopodus Common Scaly Foot NSW,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Pygopus nigriceps Black-headed Scaly Foot NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic,WA

Scientific Name
Common Name
Acritoscincus (was Bassiana) duperreyi Bold-striped Cool-skink NSW,ACT,SA,Tas,Vic
Acritoscincus trilineatus (was Bassiana trilineata) South-western Cool-skink or Western three-lined skink SA(?),WA
Carlia triacantha Desert Rainbow-skink NT,SA,WA (Qld?)
Cryptoblepharus australis *Inland snake-eyed Skink NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Cryptoblepharus carnabyi Spiny-Palmed Shinning(Snake-eyed) Skink NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Cryptoblepharus ochrus * Pale Snake-eyed Skink SA (NT?)
Cryptoblepharus pannosus * Ragged Snake-eyed Skink SA, NT, NSW, QLD, Vic
Cryptoblepharus pulcher Elegant snake-eyed skink NSW, Qld, SA,WA
Ctenotus alacer Lively Ctenotus NT,Qld, WA, SA?
Ctenotus aphrodite (same as Ctenotus septenarius)  Massive-gibber Ctenotus NT, SA, QLD, WA
Ctenotus ariadnae Ariadna's Ctenotus WA,SA,Qld,NT
Ctenotus atlas Southern Mallee Ctenotus NSW,SA,WA,Vic
Ctenotus brachyonyx Short-clawed Ctenotus NSW,SA,Vic,Qld
Ctenotus brooksi Wedge-snout CtenotusNT,SA,WA
Ctenotus calurus Skink NT,SA,WA
Ctenotus dux Skink NT,SA,WA
Ctenotus grandis Skink NT,SA(?),WA
Ctenotus hanloni Skink NT,SA,WA
Ctenotus helenae Skink NT,SA,WA
Ctenotus leae Orange-tailed Finesnout Ctenotus NSW,NT,Qld,SA,WA
Ctenotus leonhardii Leonhardi's Ctenotus NSW,NT,Qld,SA,WA
Ctenotus pantherinus Leopard Ctenotus NSW(?), NT, Qld, SA, WA
Ctenotus piankai Skink NT,Qld,SA,WA
Ctenotus quattuordecimli Skink NT,SA,WA
Ctenotus regius Pale-rumped (or Royal) Ctenotus NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic
Ctenotus robustus Robust Striped (Ctenotus)Skink NSW, ACT, , NT, Qld, SA,Vic, WA
Ctenotus saxatilis Skink NT,SA,WA
Ctenotus schomburgkii Barred Wedge-snout Ctenotus NSW,NT,Qld,SA,WA
Ctenotus strauchii Eastern Barred Wedge-snout Ctenotus NSW,NT,Qld,SA,
Ctenotus uber Spotted Ctenotus WA
Cyclodomorphus branchial Skink NT,Qld,SA,WA
Egernia carinata Skink SA,WA
Lissolepis (was Egernia) coventryi *Eastern Mourning Skink NSW(?),SA,Vic
Egernia cunninghami Cunningham's Skink NSW, ACT, Qld, SA, Vic
Egernia adepressa Skink NT,SA,WA
Liopholis (was Egernia) inornata *Desert Skink NSW, NT, Qld, SA, Vic, WA
Egernia kintorei Skink NT,SA,WA
Egernia margaretae Skink NT,SA,
Egernia multiscutata Skink SA,Vic,WA
Egernia slateri Skink NT,Qld(?),SA
Egernia stokesii Skink NSW,NT,Qld,SA,WA
Egernia striata Skink NT,SA,WA
Egernia striolata Tree Skink NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic
Egernia whitii White's Skink NSW,Qld,SA,Tas,Vic
Eremiascincus fasciolatu Narrow-Banded Sand Swimmer NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic(?),
Eremiascincus richardson Broad-Banded Sand Swimmer NSW,NT,Qld,SA,WA
Eulamprus quoyii Eastern Water Skink NSW,Qld,SA,Vic
Eulamprus tympanum Skink NSW,SA,Vic
Hemiergis decresiensis Skink NSW,SA,Vic
Hemiergis initialis Skink SA,WA
Hemiergis millewae Skink NSW,SA,Vic,WA
Hemiergis peronii Skink SA,Vic,WA
Lampropholis delicata Skink NSW,Qld,SA,Tas,Vic
Lampropholis guichenoti Skink NSW,Qld,SA,Vic
Lerista arenicola Skink SA,WA
Lerista bipes Skink NT,Qld,SA,WA
Lerista bougainvillii Skink NSW,SA,Tas,Vic
Lerista dorsalis Skink SA,WA
Lerista elongata Skink SA
Lerista frosti Skink NT,SA(?),WA(?),
Lerista labialis Skink NSW,NT,Qld,SA,WA
Lerista microtis Skink SA,WA
Lerista muelleri Skink NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Lerista picturata Skink SA,WA
Lerista eunctatovittata Skink NSW,Qld,SA,Vic
Lerista speciosa Skink SA
Lerista terdigitata Skink SA,WA
Lerista xanthura Skink NSW,NT,SA,WA
Menetia greyii Skink NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Morethia adelaidensis Skink NSW,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Morethia boulengeri Skink NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Morethia butleri Skink SA,WA
Morethia obscura Skink NSW,SA,Vic,WA
Morethia ruficauda Skink NT,SA,WA
Notoscincus ornatus Skink NT,Qld,SA,WA
Proablepharus reginae Skink NT,SA,WA
Pseudemoia entrecasteaux Skink NSW,SA,Tas,Vic
Tiliqua adelaidensis Skink SA
Tiliqua multifasciata Centralian Blue-Tongued Lizard NT,Qld,SA,WA
Tiliqua nigrolutea Blotched Blue-Tongued Lizard NSW,SA,Tas,Vic
Tiliqua occipitalis Western Blue-Tongued Lizard NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Tiliqua scincoides Eastern Blue-Tongued Lizard NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Trachydosaurus rugosus Shingle-Back NSW,Qld,SA,Vic,WA


Scientific Name
Common Name
Varanus acanthurus Ridge-Tailed Monitor NT,Qld,SA,WA
Varanus brevicauda Short-Tailed Pygmy Monitor NT,Qld,SA,WA
Varanus eremius Rusty Desert Monitor NT,Qld,SA,WA
Varanus giganteus Perentie NT,Qld,SA,WA
Varanus gilleni Pygmy Mulga Monitor NT,Qld,SA,WA
Varanus gouldii ? Gould's Goanna or Sand Monitor NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Varanus gouldii flavirufus ? Centralian Sand Goanna (arid interior)
Varanus rosenbergi Rosenberg's Heath Monitor NSW,SA,Vic,WA
Varanus tristis Black headed & Freckled Monitor NSW,NT,Qld,SA,WA
Varanus varius Lace Monitor NSW,Qld,SA,Vic



Sorry, No File Snakes in South Australia


Scientific Name
Common Name
Antaresia stimsoni Large-blotched Python NSW,NT,Qld,SA,WA
Aspidites ramsayi Woma Python NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Morelia spilota metcalfei Inland Carpet Python NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic


Sorry, No Colubrid Snakes in South Australia


Scientific Name
Common Name
Acanthophis antarcticus Common Death Adder NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Acanthophis pyrrhus Desert Death Adder NT,Qld,SA,WA
Austrelaps labialis Snake SA
Austrelaps superbus Copperhead Snake NSW,SA,Tas,Vic
Demansia psammophis Yellow-Faced Whip Snake NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Demansia torquata Collared Whip Snake NSW,NT,Qld,SA(?)
Drysdalia coronoides White-Lipped Snake NSW,SA,Tas,Vic
Drysdalia mastersii Masters' Snake NSW(?),SA,Vic,WA
Echiopsis curta Bardick NSW,SA,Vic,WA
Furina diadema Red-naped Snake NSW,Qld,SA,Vic
Furina ornata Orange-naped Snake NT,Qld,SA,WA
Notechis ater Black Tiger Snake SA,Tas
Notechis scutatus Eastern or Mainland Tiger Snake NSW,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Oxyuranus microlepidotus Fierce Snake or Inland Taipan NSW,Qld,SA,Vic(?)
Pseudechis australis King Brown or Mulga Snake NSW,NT,Qld,SA,WA
Pseudechis porphyriacus Red-bellied Black Snake NSW,Qld,SA,Vic
Pseudonaja affinis Dugite SA,WA
Pseudonaja guttata Speckled Brown Snake NT,Qld,SA
Pseudonaja inframacula Peninsula Brown Snake SA,WA(?)
Pseudonaja modesta Ringed Brown Snake NSW,NT,Qld,SA,WA
Pseudonaja nuchalis Western Brown Snake or Gwarder NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Pseudonaja textilis Common or Eastern Brown Snake NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Simoselaps anomalus Northern Desert Banded Snake NT,SA,WA
Simoselaps australis Australian Coral Snake NSW,Qld,SA,Vic
Simoselaps bertholdi Desert Banded Snake NT,SA,WA
Simoselaps bimaculatus Weatern Black-naped Snake SA,WA
Simoselaps fasciolatus Narrow-banded Burrowing Snake NSW,NT,Qld,SA,WA
Simoselaps semifasciatus Half -girdled Snake NT,Qld,SA,WA
Suta flagellum Snake NSW,SA,Vic
Suta monachus Hooded Snake NSW,NT,SA,WA
Suta nigriceps Snake NSW,SA,Vic,WA
Suta spectabilis Snake NSW,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Suta suta Myall or Curl Snake NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Vermicella annulata Bandy Bandy (Snake) NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic,WA


Not normally found in South Australian waters , however one live specimen of the Elegant Seasnake Hydrophis elegans was found on Kangaroo Island in 2011.


Scientific Name
Common Name
Ramphotyphlops australis Blind Snake NSW,NT,SA,Vic,WA
Ramphotyphlops bituberculatus Prong-snouted Blind Snake NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Ramphotyphlops broomi Blind Snake NSW,NT,Qld,SA,
Ramphotyphlops endoterus Blind Snake NSW,NT,Qld,SA,WA
Ramphotyphlops ligatus Blind Snake NSW,NT,Qld,SA,Vic,WA
Ramphotyphlops pinguis Blind Snake SA,Vic,WA
Ramphotyphlops proximus Blind Snake NSW,Qld,SA,Vic
Ramphotyphlops unguirost Blind Snake NSW,NT,Qld,SA,WA


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NSW = New South Wales

Qld = Queensland

Tas = Tasmania

Vic = Victoria

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