Search AROD:
AROD > Reptiles / Squamata / Homalopsidae / Cerberus / Australian bockadam

<- Fordonia leucobalia ->   <- Trachemys scripta ->  

Australian bockadam

Australian bockadam (Cerberus australis)
Darwin, Northern Territory
Photo © Mark Sanders
Cerberus australis - (Schneider, 1799)
Pronunciation  SIR-ber-us   oss-TRAH-liss
Etymology  Cerberus: after Cerberus, the Greek guard dog of the entrance of Hades.
australis: 'southern', or more generally referring to Australia.
Other names  Cerberus rynchops 
Total length
Species avg: 60 cm
Species max: 120 cm
Litter size
Average: 7
Range: 7 - 26
Length and clutch size information comes from a variety of sources, but primarily from Shine (1991) and Cogger (2000).
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Eyes on top of head. Valves on nostrils.

Similar species

Taxonomic notes

The Australian population of this species was previously lumped in with the Asian/New Guinean Cerberus rhynchops.

Scale count information

Dorsal scales at midbody   23 to 25
Ventrals   140 to 160 with a divided anal scale
Subcaudals   45 to 60 and are divided
Other scale information   Keeled scales.
Nasal scales in contact.
Danger rating   Weakly venomous. Small fangs at back of mouth, but large specimens should be treated with caution.
Note: even a bite from a 'virtually harmless' or non-venomous reptile can result in serious complications. Play it safe and don't get bitten by anything.
Notes and disclaimer
This information may not be complete. While all care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the information in this page, primary sources should always be consulted for definitive information. Animals have an endearing habit of disobeying the rules, so the information on this page should be interpreted with a degree of flexibility.
The author and site operator accepts no responsibility for any losses or damages incurred through using this web site or the information contained herein. Don't get bitten by anything!
This page may be cited as:
  Cerberus australis at the Australian Reptile Online Database. Last updated 2019-05-02 14:59:42.
  Retrieved from on the 24th of November, 2020.
Before citing information contained in AROD, please read our Citing AROD page.

Copyright notice
This page, its content and layout are copyright © 2007-2020 Stewart Macdonald / Ug Media, unless otherwise stated.
All photographs in The Australian Reptile Online Database are © the photographer and may not be reproduced in any form without the express written consent of the photographer.
No part of The Australian Reptile Online Database may be reproduced without written permission from Stewart Macdonald.
AROD | Reptile Info | About | Contact | In the wild | Reviews