Risk Assessments for exotic reptiles and amphibians introduced to Australia – Puff Adder (Bitis arietans)

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 Puff Adder (Bitis arietans), which has been assigned a VPC-endorsed Establishment Risk Rank of SERIOUS.
Reptiles and amphibians were assessed for their risk of establishing wild populations in Australia. The Australian Reptile and Amphibian Model and two versions (3-factor, 7-factor) of the Australian Bird and Mammal Model were used.

Author Amanda Page, Win Kirkpatrick and Marion Massam
Date 05/05/2008
Year 2010
Publisher Government of Western Australia
Institution Department of Agriculture and Food, WA
Department Department of Agriculture and Food, WA
Pages 13 pp
Region Australia - national
Documents Risk Assessments for exotic reptiles and amphibians introduced to Australia - Puff Adder (Bitis arietans)
Links https://www.pestsmart.org.au/policy/risk/