I tried to learn the origin of the interesting name "dugite", but all I managed to learn was that the Noongar word for "dugite" is "dobitj", which really didn't help.
We saw two of these fairly drab but highly venomous snakes in our one afternoon on the island. I spotted the first one meandering about near the side of the road just after cycling past a well-placed sign warning about venomous snakes. My friend Don MacCubbin spotted the second one an hour or so later. This second one was poking around under a rock, presumably looking for tasty lizards or rodents, until it became alerted to our presence, whereupon it gave us some annoyed cobra-like poses.
Here is a complete list of the reptiles and frogs I saw on this trip to Western Australia.
- Bush, B., Maryan, B., Browne-Cooper, R., Robinson, D. 1995. A Guide to the Reptiles and Frogs of the Perth Region
- Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles & Amphibians of Australia, Seventh Edition
- Hoser, R. T. 1989. Australian Reptiles & Frogs
- Swan, G. 1995. A Photographic Guide to Snakes & Other Reptiles of Australia
- Wilson, S. K., Knowles, D. 1988. Australia's Reptiles: A Photographic Reference to the Terrestrial Reptiles of Australia
- Wilson, S. and Swan, G. 2003. Reptiles of Australia