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REPTILES OF NSW

COLUBRID SNAKES - Colubridae Homalopsidae Mud Snakes

PYTHONS OF NEW SOUTH WALES

ELAPID SNAKES OF NSW

SEA SNAKES OF NSW

BLIND SNAKES - Worm Snakes - Typhlopidae Ramphotyphlops NSW

TURTLES Tortoises Chelonii Testudines

DRAGON LIZARDS Agamas Agamidae

GECKOS OF NSW

LEGLESS LIZARDS Pygopodidae Pygopods

MONITOR LIZARDS Goannas Varanids Varanidae

Skinks of Australia

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NEW SOUTH WALES - SEA SNAKES


TRUE SEA SNAKES OF NSW

Sea Snakes are often placed in their own family, however now many experts consider them to be in the Elapid family

All sea snakes have a paddle shaped tail


Family Elapidae
Subfamily Hydrophiinae (Sea Snakes)

(Previously Family Hydrophiidae)

Elegant Sea Snake (Hydrophis elegans)

TABLE 1 - TRUE SEA SNAKES
THESE SNAKES ARE LIVEBEARERS THAT SPEND THEIR ENTIRE LIFE IN WATER

Common Name

Scientific Name

Distribution

Horned Sea Snake

Acalyptophis (or Hydrophis) peronii

NSW, NT, Qld, WA

Golden or Olive Sea Snake

Aipysurus laevis

NSW(?), NT, Qld, WA

Stoke's Seasnake

Astrotia (or Hydrophis) stokesii

NSW, NT, Qld, WA

Spectacled Sea Snake

Hydrophis (or Disteira) kingii

NSW(?), NT, Qld, WA

Olive-headed Sea Snake
or Greater Sea Snake

Hydrophis (or Disteira) major

NSW(?), NT, Qld, WA

Elegant Sea Snake

Hydrophis elegans

NSW, NT, Qld, WA, SA

Spectacled Sea Snake

Hydrophis (or Disteira) kingii

NSW(?), NT, Qld, WA

Ocellated Sea Snake (obsolete see Ornate Reef Seasnake)

Hydrophis ocellatus (obsolete - now called Hydrophis ornatus)

NSW, NT, Tas, Qld, WA

Ornate Reef Seasnake

Hydrophis ornatus (was called Hydrophis ocellatus)

NSW, NT, Tas, Qld, WA

Horned Sea Snake

Hydrophis (or Acalyptophis) peronii

NSW, NT, Qld, WA

Stoke's Seasnake

Hydrophis (or Astrotia) stokesii

NSW, NT, Qld, WA

Common Yellow-bellied Sea Snake

Hydrophis (was Pelamis) platurus platurus

NSW, NT, Qld, Tas, Vic, WA, CKI, CI, NI, LHI, SA?

SEA KRAITS
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Sea Kraits are often been placed in their own families, however now many experts consider them to be in the Elapid family

Family Elapidae
Subfamily Hydrophiinae (Sea Snakes)


(Previously Family Laticaudidae)

TABLE 2 - SEA KRAITS
THESE SNAKES ARE EGGLAYERS THAT LAY THEIR EGGS ON LAND

Scientific Name

Common Name

Distribution

Wide-faced or Yellow Lipped Sea Krait

Laticauda colubrina

NSW?, Qld, CKI
may possibly occasionally wander into NSW waters

Large Scaled Sea Krait

Laticauda laticaudata

NSW, Qld may possibly occasionally wander into NSW waters

These species may possibly occasionally wander into NSW waters


DISTRIBUTION KEY
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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

The Marine Reptiles of South Australia
South Australian Museum

Deadly sea snake caught off Brighton Jetty in Adelaide's south
news.com.au

A Listing of South Australian Terrestrial Elapid Snakes

Sea Snakes
School of Biomedical Sciences 

Australian Sea Snakes
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