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  • 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.

  • Ophichthidae - Snake Eels, Worm Eels

    Use the table to access images and fact sheets of the ophichthiid fishes on the site. These include the Snake Eels and Worm Eels.

  • 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.

  • Yellow-faced Whip Snake

    The Yellow-faced Whip Snake is a slender and fast-moving snake, active during the day. It is common throughout most of Australia. It is often confused with the Eastern Brown Snake, and it is hard to observe closely, being alert and fleeing quickly when disturbed.

  • Golden-crowned Snake

    The Golden-crowned Snake is a small nocturnal, terrestrial species that is sometimes encountered on warm nights in suburban areas. Domestic cats may bring one inside and cause some alarm. However, it is not considered to be a dangerous snake.

  • Rough-scaled Snake

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

  • Eastern Brown Snake

    Broad-scale clearing of land for agriculture, while disastrous for many native creatures, has proved a boon for the Eastern Brown Snake, and their numbers have proliferated thanks to the ready supply of rodents that followed. Despite the free pest control they offer to farmers and landholders, brown snakes are still widely seen as dangerous pests themselves.

  • This week in Fish: Variable Snake Blenny

    This week we added an image of an adult Black Pomfret to go with the great shots of the juvenile that we added last week.  Thanks everyone for your contributions.

  • Fangs of deadly venomous snakes

    The fangs of most deadly venomous snakes are syringe-like. 

  • 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.

  • Snake Mackerel, Gempylus serpens Cuvier, 1829

    The Snake Mackerel has 5 to 7 dorsal and anal finlets and a lateral line that branches at the upper edge of the operculum. It occurs worldwide in tropical and subtropical waters.

  • Halfband Snake Eel, Malvoliophis pinguis (Günther, 1872)

    The Halfband Snake Eel is a brown-blotched fish that is named after Malvolio from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

  • 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.

  • Slender Snake Blenny and Clark's Snake Blenny


  • Ocellate Snake Eel, Myrichthys maculosus (Cuvier, 1816)

    As its standard name implies, this largely tropical species is spotted.  What it doesn't convey is that the spots change with age.