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SKINKS of SOUTH AUSTRALIA


SOUTH AUSTRALIAN TERRESTRIAL ELAPID SNAKES - SPECIES LISTING

Distribution Key

SERPENTES(SNAKES)
Family Elapidae (Elapid Snakes)

ELAPID SNAKES - Elapidae Cobras Coral Snakes
The Elapid family are front fanged snakes and this family includes the Australian dangerous land snakes as well as the Cobras found overseas.
There are also many small species and many of those have weak venoms and are not dangerous to humans.

Sea Snakes are often been placed in their own family, however now many experts consider them to be in the Elapid family
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COMMON NAME (INTERNAL LINK)

SCIENTIFIC NAME
(EXTERNAL LINK)

DISTRIBUTION

Common Death Adder

Acanthophis antarcticus

NSW, Qld, SA, WA

Desert Death Adder

Acanthophis pyrrhus

NT, Qld, SA, WA

Pigmy Copperhead

Austrelaps labialis

SA

* Lowlands Copperhead

Austrelaps superbus

NSW, SA, Tas, Vic

Australian Coral Snake

Brachyurophis (was Simoselaps) australis

NSW, Qld, SA, Vic

Narrow-banded Shovel-nosed Snake

Brachyurophis fasciolatus (was Simoselaps fasciolata)

NSW, NT, Qld, SA, WA

Half-girdled Snake
or Southern shovel-nosed snake

Brachyurophis semifasciatus
(was Simoselaps semifasciata)

NT, SA, WA

* Yellow-Faced Whipsnake

Demansia psammophis

NSW, Qld, SA, Vic, (Excluding snakes previously known as Demansia psammophis reticulata)

* Copper-tailed (Reticulated) Whipsnake

Demansia reticulata cupreiceps
previously known as Demansia psammophis cupreiceps

SA, NT, WA

Crack-dwelling Whipsnake

Demansia rimicola

NT, WA, Qld NSW, SA

* De Vis Banded Snake

Denisonia devisi

NSW, Qld, Vic, SA

White-Lipped Snake

Drysdalia coronoides

NSW, SA, Tas, Vic

Masters' Snake

Drysdalia mastersii

SA, Vic, WA NSW(?)

Bardick

Echiopsis curta

NSW, SA, Vic, WA

Red-naped Snake

Furina diadema

NSW, Qld, SA, Vic

* Orange-naped Snake

Furina ornata

NT, Qld, SA, WA

Western Black-naped Snake

Neelaps bimaculatus (was Simoselaps bimaculata)

SA, WA

Krefft's Black Tiger Snake
(Status uncertain)

Now called Notechis scutatus ater
(was Notechis ater ater)

(Status uncertain)

SA

Peninsula Black Tiger Snake
(Status uncertain)

Now called Notechis scutatus niger
(was Notechis ater niger)
(Status uncertain)

SA

Eastern or Mainland Tiger Snake

Notechis scutatus scutatus

NSW, Qld, SA, Vic, Tas

Inland Taipan or Fierce Snake

Oxyuranus microlepidotus

NSW, Qld, SA, Vic(?) NT?

Western Desert or Central Ranges Taipan

Oxyuranus temporalis

WA, NT (no records From SA but likely to occur)

King Brown or Mulga Snake

Pseudechis australis

NSW, NT, Qld, SA, WA

Red-bellied Black Snake

Pseudechis porphyriacus

NSW, Qld, SA, Vic

Common Dugite

Pseudonaja affinis affinis

WA, SA

Strap Snouted Brown Snake

Pseudonaja aspidorhyncha

SA, NSW, Qld, NT, Vic

*Speckled Brown Snake

Pseudonaja guttata

NT, Qld, SA

*Peninsula Brown Snake

Pseudonaja inframacula

SA

* Western Brown Snake

Pseudonaja mengdeni

SA, WA, NT, Qld, NSW, Vic?

Ringed Brown Snake

Pseudonaja modesta

NSW, NT, Qld, SA, WA

Common or Eastern Brown Snake

Pseudonaja textilis

NSW, NT, Qld, SA, Vic, WA

Nullarbor Hooded Snake

Rhinoplocephalus nullarbor

SA, WA

Northern Desert Banded Snake

Simoselaps anomalus

NT, SA, WA

Jan's Desert Banded Snake

Simoselaps bertholdi

NT, SA, WA

*Dwyer's Snake
(Status uncertain)

Suta (was Parasuta) dwyeri

NSW, ACT, Qld, Vic, NSW, SA

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

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

Suta (was Parasuta) nigriceps

WA, SA?

* Nullarbor Spectacled Hooded Snake

(invalid was Parasuta spectabilis nullarbor) now Suta gouldii

(Nullarbor Plain) SA, WA

* Common Spectacled Hooded Snake

Suta spectabilis (was Parasuta spectabilis spectabilis)

NSW, Qld, SA, Vic

Myall or Curl Snake

Suta (was Denisonia) suta

NSW, NT, Qld, SA, Vic, WA

Bandy Bandy or
Eastern Bandy Bandy

Vermicella annulata

NSW, ACT, NT, Qld, SA, Vic


Sea Snakes are now considered to be in the Elapid family click on the link below for

A Listing of South Australian Sea Snakes

 

DISTRIBUTION KEY
Click on the abbreviation below to see a map of the area

CI = Christmas Island

CKI = Cocos (Keeling) Island

NSW = New South Wales

NT = Northern Territory

Qld = Queensland

SA = South Australia

Tas = Tasmania

Vic = Victoria

WA = Western Australia

NI = Norfolk Island

LHI = Lord Howe Island

ACT = Australian Capital Territory
(Canberra region only - excludes Jervis Bay Territory)

 

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LINKS OF INTEREST

Key to the Snakes of South Australia
South Australian Museum


Click here for more Information about Australian Elapid Snakes

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