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Highlands copperhead

highlands copperhead (Austrelaps ramsayi)
Wentworth Falls, New South Wales
Photo © Brendan Schembri
Austrelaps ramsayi - (Krefft, 1864)
Pronunciation  ostr-EE-laps   RAM-zee-ee
Etymology  Austrelaps: 'southern Elaps' - Elaps is another genus of snakes.
ramsayi: after E. P. Ramsay, a former curator at the Australian Museum.
Other names  Hoplocephalus ramsayi
Total length
Species avg: 115 cm
Litter size
Average: 15
Range: 9 - 31
Length and clutch size information comes from a variety of sources, but primarily from Shine (1991) and Cogger (2000).
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Highland areas from eastern Victoria north to the New England Tableland of New South Wales.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Victoria


Moist upland habitats, such as creeks and marshes.

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