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White-lipped snake

white-lipped snake (Drysdalia coronoides)
Dunkeld, Victoria
Photo © Henry Cook
Drysdalia coronoides - (G√ľnther, 1858)
Pronunciation  drys-DAY-lee-uh   KO-ron-OY-dayz
Etymology  Drysdalia: "After Mr. G. Russell Drysdale, Australian artist who accompanied me to Tasmanian islands where I collected the material for this generic description."1
coronoides: 'crowned'2.
Other names   
Total length
Species avg: 40 cm
Litter size
Average: 5
Range: 2 - 10
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


Highlands and lowlands of far south-eastern Australia, including Tasmania, and extending north to the New England Tableland of New South Wales.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria


Variety of habitats, but especially those dominated by tussock grasses.

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