The White lipped snake (Drysdalia coronoides) is a small species of snake found in Tasmania.
Due to their small size, they can heat up quickly and thrive in some of Australia's coldest environments, including above the snow line on Mount Kosciuszko.
And though they might look cute and cuddly, they are a venomous snake belonging to the Elapidae family, of which the Eastern brown is also a member.
This article will help you become better acquainted with the White lipped snake and how to treat their bites.
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We have training locations in Tasmania and in every other state, capital city, and major town throughout Australia.
Also known as a Whip snake, the White lipped snake has the following identifying characteristics:
One of Australia's most cold-tolerant snakes, this species can be found in south-eastern parts of the mainland as well as Tasmania.
They generally shelter beneath rocks, logs, and other ground debris in the following habitats:
The White lipped snake feeds almost exclusively on small skinks, though they will occasionally prey on frogs.
Though this species is venomous, they are not considered highly dangerous to humans, as they:
In saying that, all snake bites should be treated as a medical emergency until proven otherwise by a doctor at a hospital.
It is important to remember, snakes will never go out of their way to attack you. To avoid a snake bite, never attempt to approach, capture, or kill a snake at home or in the wild.
If you need a snake relocated from your home, contact a professional snake catcher, instead.
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