(Austrelaps labialis)

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Pygmy Copperheads are found in and around The Mount Lofty Ranges, some regions of the Fleurieu and on Kangaroo Island. This particular species is considered as endangered.

Key Features

Robust and muscular in build

Average length 50-60 centimeters

Colour ranging from olive, black to grey-brown.


Pygmy Copperheads are moderately robust and muscular in build. With their length averaging around the 50-60cm mark. Their colouring ranges from olive to black to grey-brown, with a white/cream or orange flush on their underside.

Pygmy Copperheads feed on mostly frogs, insects and small reptiles, and occasionally invertebrates. They are also known to be cannibalistic.

In the Mount Lofty Ranges, the species occurs almost exclusively in high altitude areas. However, they can also be found in a wide variety of habitats, such as coastal dunes, grassland and in agricultural areas.


We offer services to help rehabilitate injured native reptiles and endeavor to re-release them back into the wild. We also offer a network for captive reptiles looking for their forever home.


We have compiled a list of common South Australian venomous snakes along with short profiles to assist you understanding each species. The information provided is general in nature, please contact us if you require specific advice.
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