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A Listing of South Australian Terrestrial Elapid Snakes
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 Burrowing 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 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

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

Now called Notechis scutatus ater
(was Notechis ater ater)

SA

Peninsula Black Tiger Snake

Now called Notechis scutatus niger
(was Notechis ater niger)

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)

Little Whip Snake

Parasuta (was Suta & Rhinoplocephalus) flagellum

NSW, SA, Vic , ACT?

Monk Snake or Hooded Snake

Parasuta (was Suta & Rhinoplocephalus) monachus

NSW, NT, SA, WA

Mitchell's Short-tailed Snake
or Mallee Black-backed Snake

Parasuta (was Suta & Rhinoplocephalus) nigriceps

NSW, SA, Vic, WA

Nullarbor Spectacled Hooded Snake

Parasuta (was Suta & Rhinoplocephalus) spectabilis nullarbor

(Nullarbor Plain) SA, WA

Common Spectacled Hooded Snake

Parasuta (was Suta & Rhinoplocephalus) spectabilis spectabilis

NSW, Qld, SA, Vic

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, WA(?)

Gwarder (Gwardar ) or 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

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

Click here for a complete list of Australian Elapid snakes

Click here for more information about Australian Elapid snakes

CHECKLIST AND COMMON NAMES OF SOUTH AUSTRALIAN REPTILES
S.A. Museum

Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia 7th Edition.jpg A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia 5th edition Edition

OTHER LINKS

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Updated March 13, 2019

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