A Listing of Australian True Sea Snakes and Sea Kraits

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SEA SNAKES - Hydrophiinae Laticaudidae Sea Kraits

BLIND SNAKES - Worm Snakes - Typhlopidae Ramphotyphlops

TURTLES Tortoises Chelonii Testudines

DRAGON LIZARDS Agamas Agamidae

GECKO LIZARDS Gekkonidae

LEGLESS LIZARDS Pygopodidae Pygopods

MONITOR LIZARDS Goannas Varanids Varanidae

SKINK LIZARDS Scincidae


A Listing of South Australian Sea Snakes

SERPENTES (SNAKES)
TRUE SEA SNAKES of SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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)

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

Common Name

Scientific Name

Distribution

Elegant Sea Snake

Hydrophis elegans

NSW, NT, Qld, WA, SA

Common Yellow-bellied Sea Snake

Hydrophis (was Pelamis) platurus platurus

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

Sea snakes are not normally found in South Australian Waters.
There is only 1 confirmed sighting in South Australia of a Sea Snake which was found alive on the beach at Hanson Bay, Kangaroo Island, in 2011, that was an Elegant Sea Snake, Hydrophis elegans. There is a photo of the snake at the S.A. Museum link below

A fisherman claimed to have caught a Sea snake off Brighton Jetty (Adelaide region), however as he cut the line and released the snake, the sighting could not be confirmed. The story is at the news.com.au link below. If you view the picture in the article below you will see that the snake (or eel) does not look like a Common Yellow-bellied Sea Snake Hydrophis platurus as mentioned in the article. However despite that, it is likely that Common Yellow-bellied Sea Snake do occur in South Australian waters occasionally.


The Marine Reptiles of South Australia

SA Museum

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

A Listing of South Australian Terrestrial Elapid Snakes

Australian Sea Snakes
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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)

 

Australia map


LINKS OF INTEREST

Click here for a complete list of Australian Sea snakes

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

Find a Random Species of Australian Reptile

Visit the Australian Herpetology Website

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Updated March 13, 2019

 

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