Affordable Access

The distribution and identification of dangerously venomous Australian terrestrial snakes.

Authors
  • Shea, G M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Australian veterinary journal
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1999
Volume
77
Issue
12
Pages
791–798
Identifiers
PMID: 10685181
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The identification of dangerous Australian snakes is important in instituting therapy for envenomation. Despite the availability of a number of identification guides with varying degrees of generality, identification can be problematic for several reasons. These include a diversity of common names, many of which are inappropriate or regionally applied to different species, identification keys that focus on variable features, intraspecific variation and interspecific convergence in colouration, and recent changes in scientific nomenclature of species and genera. Geographic distribution of the dangerously venomous species can be a useful aid to identification, by limiting the range of options in a region. However, delineation of the limits of distribution relies on fine scale mapping beyond the resolution of most identification guides. This article provides a summary of the geographic limits of the dangerously venomous Australian snakes, with particular emphasis on major population centres, and clarifies some problems in identification, particularly among brown-coloured snakes.

Report this publication

Statistics

Seen <100 times