Field Guide to the Reptiles of the Northern Territory

August 2023
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    2nd August 2023
  • ISBN 9781486312689
  • Language English
  • Pages 424 pp.
  • Size 5" x 8"
  • Images 875 color photos, 397 maps, 340 illustrations

A land of extremes, the Northern Territory’s arid deserts and monsoonal forests harbor some of Australia’s smallest and the world’s largest reptiles, as well as some of the world’s most venomous snakes.

Field Guide to the Reptiles of the Northern Territory is the first regional guide to the crocodiles, turtles, lizards, and snakes of this megadiverse region. It presents introductions to order, family, and genus; keys to family, genus and species; and species profiles, including descriptions, photos, distribution maps, and notes on natural history. It features profiles for the 390 species that occur or may occur on the land and in the sea of the Northern Territory.

Extensively illustrated, this is an essential resource for wildlife enthusiasts and professional and amateur herpetologists.


  • Covers the 390 reptile species found in and around the Northern Territory.
  • Detailed species profiles include distribution maps and information about identification and ecology.
  • Includes multiple color photographs of species and detailed illustrations that highlight important identification features.
  • Provides dichotomous keys to families, genera, and species.


1. Crocodilians
2. Turtles and tortoises
- Sea turtles
- Leatherback turtle
- Side-necked turtles
- Pig-nosed turtle
3. Lizards
- Southern padless geckos
- Austral geckos
- Typical geckos
- Legless lizards
- Skinks
- Dragons
- Monitors
4. Snakes
- Blind snakes
- Pythons
- File snakes
- Colubrids
- Homalopsids
- Terrestrial elapids
- Marine elapids

Venom, snakebite and first aid
Glossary and abbreviations
References and suggested reading
Index of common names
Index of scientific names

Chris Jolly

Dr. Chris Jolly is an ecologist with a broad interest in natural history, ecology, evolution and conservation. An inordinate fondness for Australia's reptiles has seen him traverse much of the country in search of the country’s most elusive and poorly understood species. Chris is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Macquarie University and an associate of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and Australian Museum. Chris has published over 40 scientific reports, books, popular science stories, and journal articles.

Brendan Schembri

Brendan Schembri is an ecologist with most of his career spent as a field herpetologist. Brendan’s primary interest and area of expertise is reptile ecology, with particular focus on species of the Northern Territory and Kimberley. Brendan has authored several publications on the ecology and distribution of Australian reptiles. His extensive fieldwork and dedication to photography has seen Brendan amass a vast photographic collection of Australia's reptiles.

Stewart L. Macdonald

Dr. Stewart Macdonald has broad interests in natural history and technology, which led him to develop the Australian Reptile Online Database and several field guide apps. He has travelled extensively across Australia, particularly in the north, documenting the region’s wildlife. He works as an ecologist with CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. While he studies a wide variety of creatures, including koalas and curlews, his true passion has always been reptiles.

reptiles; Northern territory; field guide