7. Lowlands copperhead
Also known as:
Found: in relatively cool and cold climates in south-eastern Australia,
southern Victoria, Tasmania and the islands of Bass Strait.
The lowlands copperhead is the only venomous snake found above the snow line, active in weather usually
considered too cold for snakes. A water lover, copperheads snakes are at home around dams, soaks, canals, drainage
ditches and along the verges of roads.
Copperheads are shy and prefer to avoid humans, though they live in
populated and agricultural areas. If cornered, they will hiss loudly, flatten their body and flick or thrash about, usually
without biting. With further provocation they may lash out, though they are slow to strike and can be
Copperhead venom is neurotoxic (damaging nerves), ruptures the blood cells and damages the cells
and muscles - but rarely causes fatalities.