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HIGHLANDS COPPERHEAD
Austrelaps ramsayi
Highly Venomous - Extremely Dangerous

Grows to about 1.25m (4ft)
HIGHLANDS COPPERHEAD  austrelaps ramsayi  
Highlands Copperhead (Austrelaps ramsayi) - notice the markings on the lips

HIGHLANDS COPPERHEAD Austrelaps ramsayi map
Approximate distribution of the Highlands Copperhead (Austrelaps ramsayi)


HIGHLANDS COPPERHEAD  austrelaps ramsayi

The belly scales on this species often have dark edges and these may form stripes along the lower sides of the body

The Highlands Copperhead (Austrelaps ramsayi) is variable in colour and may be confused with the following similar looking species:-

COMMON NAME (INTERNAL LINK)

SCIENTIFIC NAME
(EXTERNAL LINK)

DISTRIBUTION

Pigmy Copperhead

Austrelaps labialis

SA

Lowlands Copperhead

Austrelaps superbus

NSW, Vic, SA, Tas

Common or Eastern Brown Snake

Pseudonaja textilis

NSW, NT, Qld, SA, Vic, WA

Red-bellied Black Snake

Pseudechis porphyriacus

NSW, Qld, SA, Vic

The belly scales on this species often have dark edges and these may form stripes along the lower sides of the body (visible in some of the photos in the gallery below)

Click here to see photos of Highlands Copperheads (Austrelaps ramsayi) at flickr

Click here to see photos of Highlands Copperheads ( Austrelaps ramsayi ) at Flickr

Venomous snakes do not always inject venom when biting, those bites are called dry bites, however due to the extremely high toxicity of the venom of this species, it is vital that first aid is performed immediately (Constrictive bandage etc.) and the patient is taken as fast as possible to hospital. Lack of symptoms may not mean that the victim has not been envenomated.

Correct and immediate first aid and treatment for this species and other dangerous snakes increases the chance of survival.

Although people are commonly bitten by dangerous snakes in Australia, the actual number of deaths is actually very low, due to antivenines and medical procedures.


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