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BLIND SNAKES - Worm Snakes - Typhlopidae Ramphotyphlops

TURTLES Tortoises Chelonii Testudines

DRAGON LIZARDS Agamas Agamidae

GECKO LIZARDS Gekkonidae

LEGLESS LIZARDS Pygopodidae Pygopods

MONITOR LIZARDS Goannas Varanids Varanidae

SKINK LIZARDS Scincidae

CROCODILES Crocodylia Crocodilia Saltwater freshwater estuarine


LOWLANDS COPPERHEAD
Austrelaps superbus  
Highly Venomous - Extremely Dangerous

Lowlands Copperhead Austrelaps superbus
This Lowlands Copperhead Austrelaps superbus was photographed at Tower Hill in Victoria.
Note that it has flattened its neck to make itself look more threatening.
Also it has a large tick on its body.

Lowlands Copperhead Austrelaps superbus map
Approximate distribution of the Lowlands Copperhead Austrelaps superbus

Note that I have encountered many of these in the wild, they may writhe around a bit but do not seem to be aggressive. Bites are not common from this species, and as far as I can ascertain there have been no deaths attributed to this species.

Lowlands Copperhead Austrelaps superbus
This nicely patterned Lowlands Copperhead Austrelaps superbus was photographed at Tower Hill in Victoria.

 

Lowlands Copperhead Austrelaps superbus
This red coloured Lowlands Copperhead Austrelaps superbus was photographed at Tower Hill in Victoria.

 

Lowlands Copperhead Austrelaps superbus
This bronze colored Lowlands Copperhead Austrelaps superbus was photographed at Tower Hill in Victoria. Notice the markings on the head and neck which are often seen on this species, and the white edges to the scales on the lips which are usually noticeable on copperheads.



owlands copperhead Austrelaps superbus at Tower Hill in Victoria
This Lowlands Copperhead Austrelaps superbus was photographed at Tower Hill in Victoria

Lowlands Copperhead Austrelaps superbus
This juvenile Lowlands Copperhead Austrelaps superbus was photographed at Bool Lagoon in South Australia.

 

The Lowlands copperhead Austrelaps superbus may be confused with the following similar looking species:-

COMMON NAME (INTERNAL LINK)

SCIENTIFIC NAME
(EXTERNAL LINK)

DISTRIBUTION

Pigmy Copperhead

Austrelaps labialis

SA

Highlands Copperhead

Austrelaps ramsayi

NSW, Vic

Common or Eastern Brown Snake

Pseudonaja textilis

NSW, NT, Qld, SA, Vic, WA?

Red-bellied Black Snake

Pseudechis porphyriacus

NSW, Qld, SA, Vic

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 treatment for this species and other dangerous snakes increase 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.


LINKS OF INTEREST


Click here for a complete list of Australian Elapid snakes

Click here for more information about Australian Elapid snakes

Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia 7th Edition.jpg A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia 5th edition Edition

OTHER LINKS

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Visit the Australian Herpetology Website

 

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