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|
|Publisher||Government of Western Australia|
|Institution||Department of Agriculture and Food, WA|
|Department||Department of Agriculture and Food|
|Region||Australia - national|
|Documents||Risk Assessment - Rhinoceros Viper|