White-lipped snake

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White-lipped snake
CSIRO ScienceImage 7486 Whitelipped Snake.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Drysdalia
Worrell, 1961
Species: D. coronoides
Binomial name
Drysdalia coronoides
Günther, 1858
  • Hoplocephalus coronoides
    Günther, 1858
  • Alecto labialis
    Jan & Sordelli, 1873
  • Denisonia coronoides
    Boulenger, 1896
  • Denisonia nigra
    De Vis, 1905
  • Denisonia coronoides
    Kinghorn, 1924
  • Drysdalia coronoides
    Worrell, 1961
  • Notechis coronoides
    Storr, 1982
  • Drysdalia coronoides
    Cogger, 1983

The white-lipped snake (Drysdalia coronoides) is a small species of elapid snake that is endemic to south-eastern mainland Australia and Tasmania. It is the smallest of three species of snake found in Tasmania and is Australia's most cold-tolerant snake, even inhabiting areas on Mount Kosciuszko above the snow line. Growing to only about 40 cm (16 in) in length, this snake feeds almost exclusively on skinks. It belongs to the genus Drysdalia, and is often referred to as the whip snake in Tasmania (true whip snakes from Australia are in the genus Demansia and are only found on the mainland). This species gets its common name from a thin, white line bordered above by a narrow black line that runs along the upper lip.[2]


  1. ^ Drysdalia coronoides. The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  2. ^ "White-lipped snake". Tasmania Online. Tasmania Department of Primary Industries and Water. Retrieved 2007-02-13. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA. 1896. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume III., Containing the Colubridæ (Opisthoglyphæ and Proteroglyphæ) ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiv + 727 pp. + Plates I-XXV. (Denisonia coronoides, new combination, pp. 336–337).
  • Günther A. 1858. Catalogue of the Colubrine Snakes in the Collection of the British Museum. London: Trustees of the British Museum. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xvi + 281 pp. (Hoplocephalus coronoides, new species, pp. 215–216).

External links[edit]

  • Drysdalia coronoides. The Encyclopedia of Life. EOL.org