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WESTERN TIGER SNAKE
Notechis scutatus occidentalis

Extremely Dangerously Venomous

Usually grows to approximately 4 to 5 ft (120 to 150 cm)

Western Tiger Snake Notechis scutatus occidentalis
Captive Western Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus occidentalis)


APPROXIMATE DISTRIBUTION OF THE "RACES" OF TIGER SNAKES (Notechis scutatus)

Approximate distribution of the Western Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus occidentalis
) is shown in GREEN

RECOGNISED SUBSPECIES OF TIGER SNAKES ARE LISTED BELOW

COMMON NAME
(INTERNAL LINK)

SCIENTIFIC NAME

DISTRIBUTION

Western Tiger Snake

Now called Notechis scutatus occidentalis (was Notechis ater occidentalis)

WA (Dark Green)

Eastern or Mainland Tiger Snake

Now called Notechis scutatus scutatus

NSW, ACT, Qld, SA, Vic, Tas (Orange)



RACES OF TIGER SNAKES (Notechis scutatus)
Subspecies (scientific names listed below are no longer recognised by many people) however the common names are still in use

COMMON NAME
(INTERNAL LINK)

SCIENTIFIC NAME
(not usually recognised)

DISTRIBUTION

Krefft's Black Tiger Snake
(Status uncertain)

Now called Notechis scutatus ater
(was Notechis ater ater)

(Status uncertain)

SA (Southern Flinders Ranges) (Purple)

Tasmanian Tiger Snake
(Status uncertain)

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

Tas (Yellow)

Peninsula Black Tiger Snake
(Status uncertain)

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

SA (Blue)

Chappell Island Tiger Snake

(Status uncertain)

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

Tas (Offshore Islands) (Red)


Western Tiger Snake Notechis scutatus occidentalis
Captive Western Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus occidentalis)

Western Tiger Snake Notechis scutatus occidentalis
Captive Western Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus occidentalis)


Venomous snakes do not always inject venom when biting, however due to the extremely high toxicity of the venom of this species, it is vital that first aid is performed immediately (constrictive bandage etc.) and the patient is taken as fast as possible to hospital. Lack of symptoms may not mean that the victim has not been envenomated.

Correct and immediate first aid and treatment for this species and other dangerous snakes increases the chance of survival.

Although people are commonly bitten by dangerous snakes in Australia, the actual number of deaths is actually very low, due to antivenines and medical procedures.

Click here to see photos of Western Tiger Snakes (Notechis scutatus occidentalis) at Flickr

Click here to see photos of Western Tiger Snakes (Notechis scutatus occidentalis) at Flickr


LINKS OF INTEREST

Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus) - Complex

Tiger Snake
The Australian Museum

Notechis scutatus (PETERS, 1861)
Reptile Database

Notechis scutatus occidentalis  Glauert, 1948
Atlas of Living Australia


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