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Austrelaps ramsayi

Highlands Copperhead

Elapid

The Highlands Copperhead (Austrelaps ramsayi) is one of two species of copperheads found in the region. Copperheads are variable in colour, ranging from dark grey to dark reddish brown with a cream belly. The head is often a slightly different colour to the body, sometimes copper coloured, as the name suggests, but not always. The back often has a darker stripe down the middle, especially in juveniles.

It may grow up to 1.25m in length.

It is restricted to higher altitudes.

Distribution: Common at higher altitudes.

Note: The Atlas of Living Australia shows a number of records of Lowland Copperhead (Austrelaps superbus) in the region but many of these are old records before A. ramsayi was formally separated, so most of them are probably A. ramsayi that have been mislabelled as A. superbus. The only exception is the far south-east of NSW, where A. superbus may be found.

Where the ranges overlap, one of the best ways to distinguish between A. ramsayi and A. superbus is by looking at the upper lips (supralabial scales). The former has prominently barred lips that have pale anterior triangles or 'white sails' on each supralabial (upper labial) scale, with the pale portion occupying more than one-third of each scale and meeting the dark posterior portion along a sharp diagonal line.  Whereas in A. superbus, the lips are weakly barred, with the pale anterior edge to each upper labial scale being narrow and often ill-defined.

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Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Rendezvous Creek, ACT - 18 Apr 2022 by AndrewCB Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Booth, ACT - 11 Apr 2022 by Christine Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Tinderry, NSW - 30 Mar 2022 by GarryB Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Cotter River, ACT - 21 Mar 2022 by JohnBundock Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Cotter River, ACT - 21 Mar 2022 by JohnBundock Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Cotter River, ACT - 20 Mar 2022 by JohnnyBoyACT Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Geehi, NSW - 15 Mar 2022 by Hotchkii Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Tantangara, NSW - 12 Mar 2022 by Tapirlord Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Nimmo, NSW - 20 Feb 2022 by Nug Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Brindabella, NSW - 3 Feb 2022 by rawshorty Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Monga, NSW - 30 Jan 2022 by HelenCross Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Cotter River, ACT - 8 Nov 2021 by BrianH Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Wog Wog, NSW - 24 Apr 2021 by BIrdsinCanberra Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Cotter River, ACT - 30 Jan 2021 by BrianHerps Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Kosciuszko National Park, NSW - 24 Jan 2021 by rawshorty Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Captains Flat, NSW - 5 Jan 2021 by SthTallagandaSurvey Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Tennent, ACT - 29 Nov 2020 by Cpiiroinen Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Cotter River, ACT - 21 Nov 2020 by BrianHerps Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Jinden, NSW - 9 Oct 2020 by trevsci Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Mount Clear, ACT - 15 Sep 2020 by Jek Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Paddys River, ACT - 22 Nov 2019 by JohnBundock Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Tennent, ACT - 18 Apr 2019 by SWishart Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Mount Clear, ACT - 24 Mar 2019 by AndrewCB Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Cotter River, ACT - 2 Feb 2019 by SWishart Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Rendezvous Creek, ACT - 16 Dec 2018 by jmcleod Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Crackenback, NSW - 4 Nov 2018 by wombey Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Namadgi National Park - 18 Apr 2018 by RobSpeirs Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Kosciuszko National Park, NSW - 11 Mar 2018 by George Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Cotter River, ACT - 28 Oct 2017 by jmcleod Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Rendezvous Creek, ACT - 25 Mar 2017 by SusanneG Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Paddys River, ACT - 20 Feb 2017 by JohnBundock Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Rendezvous Creek, ACT - 5 Nov 2016 by HarveyPerkins Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Paddys River, ACT - 26 Mar 2016 by JohnBundock Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Cotter River, ACT - 14 Feb 2016 by NathanaelC Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Rendezvous Creek, ACT - 22 Jan 2016 by jackfrench Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Cotter River, ACT - 17 Jan 2016 by HarveyPerkins Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Cotter River, ACT - 14 Jan 2015 by lyndsey Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Rendezvous Creek, ACT - 13 Oct 2012 by KMcCue Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Winifred, NSW - 12 Mar 2010 by GeoffRobertson Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Cotter River, ACT - 28 Feb 2009 by KMcCue Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Winifred, NSW - 4 Mar 2005 by GeoffRobertson Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Old Adaminaby, NSW - 14 Dec 1978 by wombey Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Paddys River, ACT - 24 Oct 1977 by wombey
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Rendezvous Creek, ACT - 18 Apr 2022 by AndrewCB
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Booth, ACT - 11 Apr 2022 by Christine
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Tinderry, NSW - 30 Mar 2022 by GarryB
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Cotter River, ACT - 21 Mar 2022 by JohnBundock
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Cotter River, ACT - 21 Mar 2022 by JohnBundock
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Cotter River, ACT - 20 Mar 2022 by JohnnyBoyACT
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Geehi, NSW - 15 Mar 2022 by Hotchkii
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Tantangara, NSW - 12 Mar 2022 by Tapirlord
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Nimmo, NSW - 20 Feb 2022 by Nug
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Brindabella, NSW - 3 Feb 2022 by rawshorty
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Monga, NSW - 30 Jan 2022 by HelenCross
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Cotter River, ACT - 8 Nov 2021 by BrianH
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Wog Wog, NSW - 24 Apr 2021 by BIrdsinCanberra
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Cotter River, ACT - 30 Jan 2021 by BrianHerps
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Kosciuszko National Park, NSW - 24 Jan 2021 by rawshorty
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Captains Flat, NSW - 5 Jan 2021 by SthTallagandaSurvey
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Tennent, ACT - 29 Nov 2020 by Cpiiroinen
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Cotter River, ACT - 21 Nov 2020 by BrianHerps
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Jinden, NSW - 9 Oct 2020 by trevsci
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Mount Clear, ACT - 15 Sep 2020 by Jek
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Paddys River, ACT - 22 Nov 2019 by JohnBundock
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Tennent, ACT - 18 Apr 2019 by SWishart
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Mount Clear, ACT - 24 Mar 2019 by AndrewCB
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Cotter River, ACT - 2 Feb 2019 by SWishart
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Rendezvous Creek, ACT - 16 Dec 2018 by jmcleod
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Crackenback, NSW - 4 Nov 2018 by wombey
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Namadgi National Park - 18 Apr 2018 by RobSpeirs
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Kosciuszko National Park, NSW - 11 Mar 2018 by George
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Cotter River, ACT - 28 Oct 2017 by jmcleod
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Rendezvous Creek, ACT - 25 Mar 2017 by SusanneG
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Paddys River, ACT - 20 Feb 2017 by JohnBundock
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Rendezvous Creek, ACT - 5 Nov 2016 by HarveyPerkins
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Paddys River, ACT - 26 Mar 2016 by JohnBundock
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Cotter River, ACT - 14 Feb 2016 by NathanaelC
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Rendezvous Creek, ACT - 22 Jan 2016 by jackfrench
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Cotter River, ACT - 17 Jan 2016 by HarveyPerkins
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Cotter River, ACT - 14 Jan 2015 by lyndsey
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Rendezvous Creek, ACT - 13 Oct 2012 by KMcCue
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Winifred, NSW - 12 Mar 2010 by GeoffRobertson
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Cotter River, ACT - 28 Feb 2009 by KMcCue
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Winifred, NSW - 4 Mar 2005 by GeoffRobertson
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Old Adaminaby, NSW - 14 Dec 1978 by wombey
Austrelaps ramsayi (Highlands Copperhead) at Paddys River, ACT - 24 Oct 1977 by wombey
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