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Lowland copperhead

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Kingdom  Animalia
Subphylum  Vertebrata
Suborder  Serpentes
Scientific name  Austrelaps superbus
Rank  Species
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Squamata
Family  Elapidae
Higher classification  Austrelaps
Lowland copperhead Lowland Copperhead Biodiversity of the Western Volcanic Plains
Similar  Austrelaps, Snake, Reptile, Elapidae, White‑lipped snake

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The lowland copperhead or lowlands copperhead (Austrelaps superbus) is a venomous snake species in the family Elapidae. It is commonly referred to as the copperhead, but is not closely related to the American copperhead, Agkistrodon contortrix. If provoked, the lowland copperhead is a dangerous snake with neurotoxic venom, which can kill an adult human if correct first aid is not applied promptly.

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Lowland copperhead snake


Description

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The lowland copperhead is generally 1-1.5 m (3–4½ feet) long. Their colour varies a great deal, from a coppery mid-brown to yellowish, reddish, grey or black. The copper head colouring that gave rise to the common name is not always present. Its venom has been measured at 0.5 mg/kg subcutaneous.

Distribution and habitat

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It is found in southeastern Australia, including Tasmania. A. superbus has a preference for areas of low vegetation near water bodies where it hunts for frogs, lizards and snakes including smaller snakes of its own species, but has been found in sandstone ridgetop woodland around Sydney although such habitat is also usually near water bodies

Venom

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The Venom of lowland copperhead contains postsynaptic neurotoxins. There have been a dozen reported bites from this species and one fatality.

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References

Lowland copperhead Wikipedia


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