THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS, DISTRIBUTION MAPS AND INFORMATION
Covering Snakes and Lizards, Crocodiles and Turtles, including Colubrid snakes, Pythons, Elapids (called Cobras or Coral Snakes in some countries), Sea Snakes, File Snakes, Blind (or Worm) Snakes, Sea Turtles, Freshwater Turtles (or Tortoises) Dragon Lizards (Agamas), Gecko's, Legless Lizards, Monitor Lizards (often called Goanna's in Australia), Skinks and Crocodilia.

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COLUBRID SNAKES - Colubridae Homalopsidae Mud Snakes

PYTHON SNAKES - Pythonidae

ELAPID SNAKES - Elapidae Cobras Coral Snakes

SEA SNAKES - Hydrophiinae Laticaudidae Sea Kraits

FILE SNAKES - Acrochordidae

BLIND SNAKES - Worm Snakes - Typhlopidae Ramphotyphlops

 

Colubrids & Mud Snakes

Pythons

 

 

Elapid Snakes

 

Sea Snakes

 

File Snakes

 

Blind Snakes

 

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

Turtles Tortoises

Dragons Agamas

Geckos

 

Legless Lizards

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Skinks

 

Crocodiles

 


LOWLANDS COPPERHEAD
Austrelaps superbus  
Highly Venomous - Extremely Dangerous


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.

Approximate distribution map below

Reptiles of Australia

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, as far as i can ascertain there have been no deaths attributed to this species.


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

 


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

 


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 at Tower Hill in Victoria


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

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