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Reptile Database - Instructions - Please Read

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Nest In the Hills
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May 2, 2011
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Central West, NSW
The index thread will be a sticky and managed by moderators, admins and select members. Each entry will have it's own thread with the necessary information and discussion on its various uses and details. I encourage all members to participate and add threads for unlisted fauna to to help build this database.

If you start a thread for an unlisted fauna please try to include the following information in the following format. This will help with structure, organization and help ensure users can find plant information easily every time. If a listing doesn't contain all these details or is of a vague nature, It will not be added to the list until the record is sufficiently complete (with exception of other names, fishing and images). Please try you best to provide an image. This makes identification much easier.

If you are quoting directly from a book or other source please include an appropriate reference. (Author name, book, date published, page number etc.). If a photograph you submit was taken by someone else please do your up-most to include a caption underneath with the photographers name if available or a link to the page where the image was found.

When adding a new thread for an unlisted species please name the thread "scientific name (common name)"

Important Note: If the animal is poisonous, toxic or harmful to humans please note this at the top of your listing with the words: "Warning Dangerous" in bold red font

Below is a list of the required Fields for an acceptable entry. These MUST be in this order.

Scientific Name: This is the generally accepted scientific name for that particular entry. If there are two names or it has changed recently, feel free to include this information

Common Name:
This is the commonly accepted name for the entry

Sub-class: If known

Family: If known

Other Names: (optional) This includes any additional common names

Distribution: The Australian location of the entry

Habitat: The most commonly found habitat of the entry

Field Notes: This is a description of the entries features. Be as detailed as possible. List any obvious features, colours, shapes etc.

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Please leave any blank fields with "NA"

Please finish by taging your tread at the bottom of the create thread page with the following information, separated by a "," scientific name, sub-class, family,etc

Example of acceptable entry.
Please note the formatting and spacing of text, the order of the fields and the bolding of the field names:

Warning Dangerous

Scientific Name. Pseudonaja textilis

Common Names. Eastern Brown Snake, Common Brown Snake

Order: Squamata

Suborder: Serpentes

Family: Elapidae

Distribution: East coast of Australia from Cape York to South Australia. (Other members of Pseudonaja exist throughout most of Australia.)

Habitat: Sclerophyll forests, grassland, especially where cereal crops are grown. Does well in all habitats in its range. Has prospered since European colonisation due to increased rodent number. Not generally found in wetter areas.

Field Notes: Length up to 1.5 - 2 metres. Pink or orange spots may or may not be present on the underside. Juvenile snakes are more variable in this respect. 17 rows of mid-body scales. 45–75 divided subcaudal scales. Anal scale is divided. Fast mover and a nervous snake. Strikes when unable to retreat. Retreat seems a preferred form of defence.
Extremely toxic. Rated by some as world's second most toxic land snake. Toxicity is probably related to its diet of rodents and other small mammals. Rodent bites on captive coastal taipans have been fatal due to infection, so rapid prey death is required. Venom contains both neurotoxins and haemotoxins (coagulants).




Anal scale (in front of vent) is divided
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