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PYGMY (Pigmy) COPPERHEAD
Austrelaps labialis

Highly Venomous
"potentially lethal envenoming, though unlikely, cannot be excluded"

PYGMY (Pigmy) COPPERHEAD - austrelaps labialis  
Pygmy Copperhead (Austrelaps labialis) photographed near Adelaide - note the markings on the lips

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The Pygmy Copperhead (Austrelaps labialis) is found on the Fleurieu Peninsula including (Mt. Lofty Ranges), South Australia and on Kangaroo Island.

Click here to see photos of Pygmy Copperheads (Austrelaps labialis) at flickr

Click here to see photos of Pygmy Copperheads (Austrelaps labialis) at Flickr

They grow to approximately 2 -3 ft. Long ( 60 -90cm) with those on Kangaroo Island tending to be larger than those on the mainland,

Note that this species is believed to have very toxic venom and all bites should be treated and if bitten, the victim should go to Hospital as soon as possible.

Bites are not common from this species, and I am unaware of any fatal bites.

This species gives birth to live young.

 

The Pygmy Copperhead (Austrelaps labialis) may be confused with the following similar looking species:-

COMMON NAME (INTERNAL LINK)

SCIENTIFIC NAME
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DISTRIBUTION

Highlands Copperhead

Austrelaps ramsayi

NSW, Vic

Lowlands Copperhead

Austrelaps superbus

NSW, SA, Tas, Vic


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