Blue-tongued lizards are the largest members of the skink family (Scincidae). Skink lizards have overlapping scales that are usually smooth and contain small plates of bone. There are more than 300 species of skinks in Australia.
Australia has six species of blue-tongued lizards and three are common and widespread in New South Wales. The Eastern Blue-tongue (Tiliqua scincoides scincoides) occurs throughout much of the state, west to about Cobar but the Blotched Blue-tongue (Tiliqua nigrolutea) is restricted to highland areas from the Victorian border to the Blue Mountains. The Shingleback ...
The temple viper has a large head and stout body.
The viper's yellow-and-green body bears white, red, dark green or black spots or cross bands. The top of its head is black with green markings, its ventral shields are white with black edges, and its tail is black.
The temple viper is venomous and dangerous, but not aggressive.
Pit viper. Characterized by a tail rattle that produces a buzzing sound when vibrated.
Rattle is composed of horny, loosely connected segments added one at a time with each skin shedding, usually containing six to ten segments.
Triangular-shaped head that is broader than the neck.
Coloring varies by species, but usually blends in well with its surroundings, i.e., mottled or banded in shades of tan and brown, and also combinations of grayish green, orange, red, bright green, yellow, black or peach.
The common lancehead is usually brown, reddish-brown, olive, green or grayish-brown in color with large, dark, pale triangles on the sides of its body.
Its head is triangular and pointed.
The lancehead measures 4 to 7 feet long.
Despite its name, the black mamba is rarely black, but uniformly dark olive to brown or steel gray above and grayish-white below. It often has black speckling along the back half of its body.
Although the black mamba's scales are deep olive or gray, the skin between the scales and the inside of the mamba's mouth are black.
The black mamba averages 8 to 9 feet long, although 10- to 12-foot specimens are not uncommon. Some mambas grow to as long at 14 feet.
It has a long, slender coffin-shaped head.
Hatchling is 7-9 inches in length; adult grows to between 35-48 inches in length.
Shiny black or dark brown with small spots ranging from yellow-orange to creamy white or ivory white, and sometimes spots blend together creating a banded appearance; yellow belly with occasional black sections; 2-4 yellow lines on edges of head; juvenile tends to be dark olive-green.
Large eyes at the sides of the head and nostrils at the sides of the snout, with a muscular body and neck.
Nearctic: The Sharp-tailed Snake (Contia tenuis) is a North American species generally found in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range from southern California to southern British Columbia and along the Pacific Coast of California. In California, this species can be found in and along the mountains from Eureka to central San Luis Obispo, and along western slope of the Sierras in the foothills and at middle to low elevations (max altitude 2130 m (7000 ft.).
The rat snake varies in color from almost solid black to brown, green or yellow and may have stripes or blotches. The snake's coloration tends to reflect its environment.
Rat snakes grow to about 3 to 8 feet in length.
They have round pupils.
Nearctic: Because Farancia erythrogramma needs a hot, moist environment, it lives in the South Eastern United States.
It can be found most often in South Carolina and Florida. Other states where F. erythrogramma can be found include Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Virginia.
Neotropical: The geographic range of this snake is South America.
The pipe snake is approximately 75 cm in length. This species has red and black rings around it and a bright red underside. The red is displayed as a warning when provoked. The snake has an external claw on each side of the anal opening. Hind limbs and a pelvic girdle are present as well. Vestigial eyes lie beneath a large head shield. Anilius scytale is characterized by its solid, dense skull bones, useful when burrowing. The left lung is reduced giving more room to internal organs. There is no cranial kinesis. This species is...
Arizona mountain kingsnake hatchlings measure 8 to 13 inches in length; adults grow to 18 to 44 inches long.
A colorful reptile, the kingsnake is banded with thin black bands between thicker red and white ones.
Its snout is white or yellow, and its head is usually black on top, sometimes with flashes of red over the eyes.
The kingsnake's large eyes sit on the sides of its head, and its nostrils are placed astride its snout.
Grows to approximately 16-25 inches in length.
Heavy-bodied, broad neck, spade-like upturned snout and enlarged teeth toward rear of upper jaw.
Base color IS pale brown, buff, or gray; large dark brown spots on back, smaller spots on sides; and "washed" black belly.
This is a common and abundant species throughout North America. It is the most common of the many species of garter snakes. It is the only snake species in Alaska, and ranges further north there and in Canada than any other North American reptile. In the east it occurs all the way south to Florida and Texas, but is absent from the arid southwest.
The Burmese python is the largest subspecies of the Indian python.
Large and muscular, this python species typically grows to 18 to 33 feet in length and weighs between 200 and 300 pounds.
The Burmese python is uniformly pale tan, yellow-brown or gray with reddish-brown blotches outlined in cream or gold.
It has a yellow or white belly, and orange eyes with vertical pupils and no eyelids.
The Burmese python's large head is distinctly wider than its neck.
Nearctic: Brown water snakes are found in southeastern North America, along the Coastal Plain from Virginia south through the lowlands of the Carolinas, most of Georgia, all of Florida and southern Alabama.
The boa constrictor is cream-colored to brownish on top. A series of markings become wider toward its tail with color intensifying to deep red-brown edged with black and cream. It has an irregular rhombic pattern on its flank.
The boa averages 6 to 12 feet in length, and weighs 30 to 40 pounds.
Anacondas may grow to more than 29 feet, weigh 550 pounds or more, and measure more than 12 inches in diameter. The female typically outweighs the male.
The anaconda has a large head and thick neck; its eyes and nostrils are positioned on top of its head. It is extremely muscular.
The Amazon Tree Boa is one of the most geographically widespread and frequently encountered species of neotropical snakes. The boas' range stretches from southwestern Costa Rica, Panama, and northern South America, through most of Venezuela and Guyana, and south and westward through Amazonian Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil. This species was introduced to small islets off the Atlantic and Pacific shores of Panama, Trinidad and Tobaga, and Grenada.
The Malayan water monitor grows from 7 to 9 feet in length and weighs 50 to 75 pounds.
Blue-black with yellow stripes and spots, it has a dirty white or yellow throat, and its tail is banded with yellow and black.
The water monitor is similar in appearance to a crocodile but has a shorter snout and more rounded body.
Its strong legs each come equipped with five well-developed claws. It has long, sharp, backwardly curved teeth; a long, whip-like tail; and a very long neck with an elongated snout and nostrils close to the end of its nose.