Archive for the ‘Australian Snakes’ Category
Posted on July 25, 2010 - by admin
Carpet Pythons – these Australian beauties weave a spell over all who see them.
Carpet Pythons In The Wild
by Charles Acheson
Australian carpet pythons are unquestionably popular pythons among the general public, and most Australians have at some stage seen one of them in the wild. Usually, these people can recollect seeing one while on holiday – often, unfortunately, as roadkill. Throughout much of Australia, people in the countryside report seeing carpet pythons on ceiling beams in old sheds, in chicken roosts or even draped over their balconies. (more…)
Posted on July 23, 2010 - by admin
Most Top End’s venomous snakes are not considered deadly.
by Graeme Gow
The northern half of Australia is home to many species whose bite requires medical treatment – so it is wise to steer clear. (more…)
Posted on June 28, 2010 - by admin
A Short Guide To Snake Selection
Text & Images (except where indicated): Doc Rock
Australian Pythons: Southern Cross Reptiles
Since I can remember, the late summer and early autumn months have been traditionally the busiest time for python sales in Australia. It is a period when young newly-bred pythons are starting to feed and breeders are keen to reduce their cleaning and husbandry responsibility by selling the fruits of the last 12 months labour. (more…)
Posted on June 27, 2010 - by admin
- Southern Death Adder (Acanthophis antarcticus) — Maximum length 100 cm. Category 5.
- Desert Death Adder (Acanthophis pyrrhus) — Maximum length 75 cm. Category 5.
- Pilbara Death Adder (Acanthophis wellsi) — Maximum length 70 cm. Category 5.
- Western Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus) — Maximum length 160 cm. Category 5.
- Mulga Snake (Pseudechis australis) — Maximum length 300 cm. Category 5.
- Spotted Mulga Snake (Pseudechis butleri) — Maximum length 180 cm. Category 5.
- Dugite (Pseudonaja affinis) — Maximum length 180 cm. Category 5.
- Gwardar (Pseudonaja nuchalis) — Maximum length 100 cm. Category 5.
NOTE: All species listed here are dangerously venomous snakes and are listed as Category 5. only the experienced herpeculturalist should consider keeping any of them. One must be over 18 years of age to hold a Category 5 licence. Maintaining a large elapid carries with it a considerable responsibility. Unless you are confident that you can comply with all your obligations and licence requirements when keeping dangerous animals, then look to obtaining a non-venomous species instead. (more…)
Posted on June 26, 2010 - by admin
Introduction on Childrens Python
This care sheet is for beginners and covers the basic maintenance of this group of pythons. You should join your local herpetological society, where you can meet others and obtain more detailed information on the keeping of these pythons.
The term “childrens python” is used to describe a group of small, rock dwelling pythons known as Childrens Python (Antaresia Childreni), Small Blotched Pythons (Antaresia Maculosa) and Large Blotched Pythons or Stimsons Python (Antaresia Stimsoni). Contrary to popular belief these pythons are not known as Children Python because it is the snake for children but because Antaresia Childreni was named after Mr. J.G. Children, an English naturalist. The Eastern Small Blotched Python and Childrens Python are most commonly bred by reptile keepers and hence most readily available, although Stimsons Python is also sometimes available. (more…)
Posted on June 25, 2010 - by admin
Tropidonophis mairii or Keelback Snakes
Keelback snakes are non-venomous snakes that love to eat frogs, tadpoles and lizards. Unlike most other Australian animals, keelback snakes can eat baby cane toads. They appear to be immune to low doses of cane toad toxin. This species, also know as the freshwater snake is very widespread, and variable in colour. Keelback snakes shelter and forage under debris, especially fallen timber and bushes; under clumps of vegetation, and even in the water. (more…)
Posted on June 24, 2010 - by admin
Tropidechis carinatus or Rough scaled Snake
Rough scaled snake is often confused with the harmless Keelback Snake. Both have rough scales that help them to climb. The Rough scaled snake has relatively long fangs, and a highly neuro-toxic venom. Recipients of a Rough scaled Snake bite often fall into unconsciousness within minutes of being bitten. Rough scaled Snake is closely related to the Tiger Snake group, and Tiger Snake anti-venom will effectively neutralize their venom. (more…)
Posted on June 23, 2010 - by admin
Stegonotus cucullatus or Slaty grey Snake
The non-venomous Slaty grey Snake is found on Cape York Peninsula of North Queensland and the northern part of the Northern Territory. They feed on fishes (including eels), tadpoles, frogs, lizards, reptile eggs and small mammals. When feeding on small mammals, the Slaty grey Snake constricts its prey in a python-like fashion. When hunting they will happily climb into low shrubs or rocky banks in the vicinity of frog breeding sites. (more…)
Posted on June 22, 2010 - by admin
Pseudonaja textilis or Eastern Brown Snake
This is a large, diurnal (active during the day), dangerously venomous snake. We often get carried away with the potency of a snake’s venom, but the distribution and temperament of the animal is also an issue. In the last decade the Eastern Brown Snake has become the cause of most snakebite deaths in Australia. This is not because these animals are more aggressive – quite the contrary. When an Eastern Brown Snake is confronted it will lunge at the aggressor out of fear. (more…)
Posted on June 21, 2010 - by admin
Pseudonaja nuchalis or Western Brown Snake
Western brown snake can be found over most of mainland Australia, being noticeably absent from the moister areas of the east, south east and south western Australia. Western Brown Snake shelter in disused mammal burrows and deep soil cracks, and under fallen timber and rocks.During warmer weather these snakes become nocturnal. They feed on small mammals, birds and reptiles, including other snakes. (more…)