Risk Assessments for exotic reptiles and amphibians introduced to Australia – Rhinoceros Viper (Bitis nasicornis)

Models for assessing the risk that exotic vertebrates could establish in Australia have been developed for mammals, birds (Bomford 2003; Bomford 2006, 2008), reptiles and amphibians (Bomford 2006, 2008; Bomford et al. 2005). These Risk Assessment models have been further explored by DAFWA to confirm that they reasonably predict public safety, establishment and pest risks across a full range of exotic species and risk levels.

This document describes the risk assessment for the Rhinoceros Viper (Bitis nasicornis), which has been assigned a potential VPC Threat Category of LOW.

Reptiles and amphibians were primarily assessed for their risk of establishing wild populations in Australia. Three methods were used for calculating establishment risk: two versions of the Australian Bird and Mammal Model (7-factor and 4-factor versions) and the Australian Reptile and Amphibian Model.

Author Amanda Page and Win Kirkpatrick
Date 27/05/2008
Year 2009
Publisher Government of Western Australia
Institution Department of Agriculture and Food, WA
Department Department of Agriculture and Food
Pages 12 pp
Notes Notes
Region Australia - national
Documents Risk Assessment - Rhinoceros Viper