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  Lowland Copperhead (Austrelaps superbus)





Lowland Copperhead | Austrelaps superbus photo
Lowland Copperhead photographed at Australia Zoo.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.

Lowland Copperhead | Austrelaps superbus photo
Photographed at Australia Zoo.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.



LOWLAND COPPERHEAD FACTS

Description
The Lowland Copperhead snake is very variable in colour ranging from light grey, brown to black. Often has darker colour on neck and dark stripe down back.

Size
Grows to 1.7m long

Habitat
Usually found near marshes and swamps

Food
frogs and other small vertebrates.

Breeding
copperheads produce 15-30 live young. The young are totally independent at birth and are fully equipped with venom, which is toxic enough to be considered dangerous to humans.

Range
The Lowland Copperhead is found in the drier parts of Tasmania, also south-west Tasmania. On mainland Australia Lowland Copperheads occur in the far south-eastern corner of South Australia and over much of southern Victoria.

Notes
Although the venom is dangerous, bites are uncommon as the species is not aggressive.



Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Elapidae
Genus:Austrelaps
Species:superbus
Common Name:Lowland Copperhead

Relatives in same Genus
  Pygmy Copperhead (A. labialis)