Search results for "elapid"

  • The taxonomy of Australian elapid snakes: a review


  • Blue-bellied Black Snake, Pseudechis guttatus

    Despite its size and relative abundance, not much is known of the habits of this handsome “poor cousin” of the Red-bellied Black Snake.

  • Dugite, Pseudonaja affinis

    Well-known to south-western WA residents, the Dugite has made itself at home around urban and semi-rural areas, drawn to the prevalence of its favoured prey – the house mouse.

  • Yellow-bellied Sea Snake

    The Yellow-bellied Sea Snake has the distinction of being the most widely ranging snake in the world, as well as the most aquatic, never having to set scale on land or sea floor its entire pelagic life.

  • Collett’s Snake, Pseudechis colletti

    One of the most spectacularly-coloured snakes in Australia, the Collett’s Snake is a shy and rarely seen inhabitant of Queensland’s black soil plains.

  • Rough-scaled Snake

    A skilled climber, the Rough-scaled Snake is at home as much in the trees as on the ground.

  • Pale-headed Snake

    A dependency on old trees for food and lodging makes the Pale-headed Snake vulnerable to poor forestry and farming practices.

  • Mulga Snake

    As debate continues over its taxonomic identity, there’s no doubting the Mulga Snake’s status as one of Australia’s most formidable snakes.

  • Small-eyed Snake

    Though common through its range, you’d be unlikely to encounter this beautiful and secretive night-dweller.

  • Tiger Snake

    Most Australians know of tiger snakes and are aware of their fearsome reputation, though few people will ever encounter one. Unfortunately this species is much maligned because of its aggressive nature and toxic venom; however the tiger snake should be recognised as a great survivor, superbly adapted to some of the most inhospitable environments in Australia.

  • Inland Taipan, Oxyuranus microlepidotus

    Often cited as the world’s most venomous snake, the Inland Taipan is far from the most dangerous. Unlike its congener, the common and fiery-tempered Coastal Taipan, this shy serpent is relatively placid and rarely encountered in its remote, semi-arid homeland.

  • Coastal Taipan, Oxyuranus scutellatus

    Confident in its own splendid lethality, the Coastal Taipan is not one to back away from a close or surprise encounter. However, given the chance (and plenty of space), this maligned and misunderstood snake will always prefer a vanishing act over a showdown.

  • Copperhead

    Copperheads have managed to eke out an existence in some of the coldest high rainfall regions of Australia, where most other snakes would perish. And one species at least appears to have benefitted from European settlement, with the conversion of forest to open agricultural country creating more favorable habitat for this moisture-loving serpent.

  • Western Brown Snakes (nuchalis-complex)

    For many years it was suspected that the widespread Western Brown Snake (Pseudonaja nuchalis) was in fact a composite species, however efforts to split nuchalis were largely defeated by the extreme level of colour and pattern variation encountered both within and between populations. Ontogenetic colour changes, suggestions of intergrades, and possible hybridisation with other Pseudonaja species added to the confusion. Despite the enormous challenge researchers were able to narrow down a number of basic colour morphs, and recent genetic studies have now built upon earlier findings to confirm the existence of at least three species within the nuchalis-complex.

  • DNA tools to curb the illegal pet trade

    Our ability to detect the illegal trade in a threatened Australian snake species has just increased.