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Lowland Copperhead Snake

Lowland Copperhead Snake

Lowland Copperhead Snake
Lowland Copperhead Snake
Photographer - Peter Robertson
Source - Wildlife Profiles Pty. Ltd

Austrelaps superbus

This species attains its preferred temperature basically through direct solar radiation. Having achieved this temperature, it can then maintain a fairly even temperature by moving in and out of shade, and also by contact with substrates. While normally a diurnal species, they can be active, and forage at night.

Mating usually takes place with the onset of warmer weather during spring, and the females which are live bearers, give birth to up to thirty young in mid to late summer.

They prey on small vertebrates, such as a lizards, frogs, mammals and birds.

Colour can vary from pale brown to almost black. The lower two or three rows of lateral scales normally have a brick red colour, causing many observers to confuse them with Red-bellied Black Snakes. The upper labial scales have light edging along the anterior surface. Juveniles often have a dark nape, and occasionally a dark vertebral stripe, which normally fades with adulthood.

They are widespread, at non alpine elevations, over much of southern Victoria. Although regarded as placid, they are dangerous, and treatment should be sought in the event of a bite.

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