White-lipped Snake

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White-lipped Snake

Drysdalia coronoides


Active day and night. Viviparous (live young). Produces 3 to 10 live young in late summer. Stays in areas of heavy cover unless basking.


Details Description
Type
Reptile
Group
Snake
Identifying Characteristics

Upper surface variable in colour from brick red through to olive-green or dark grey. Belly usually salmon pink. Grows to a length of 50 cm.

Distinctive Markings

White stripe along the upper lip.

Diet

Carnivore. Small lizards, lizard eggs and frogs.

Habitat

Forested areas of southern Victoria usually in wetter habitats. One of the few snakes in Australia to survive high altitudes and southern latitudes, being cold-adapted.

Native Status
Native to Australia
Taxonomy
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Elapidae
Genus
Drysdalia
Species
coronoides
Restricted to south-eastern mainland Australia and Tasmania.

Distribution maps indicate current and historic locations where species have been sighted.

Source: Atlas of Living Australia

Conservation Status
DEPI Advisory List
Not listed
FFG Act
Not listed
EPBC Act
Not listed

The conservation status of species is listed within Victoria and Australia.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI) Advisory List consists of non-statutory advisory lists of rare or threatened flora and fauna within Victoria.

The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act) lists threatened species in Victoria. Under the Act, an Action Statement is produced for each listed species.

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s key piece of environmental legislation, listing nationally threatened native species and ecological communities.