White-lipped snake

The white-lipped snake (Drysdalia coronoides) is a small species of venomous snake in the family Elapidae. The species is endemic to south-eastern mainland Australia and Tasmania.

White-lipped snake
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Drysdalia
Worrell, 1961
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


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 total length (including tail), 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 from 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] D. coronoides is viviparous.[1]


  1. ^ a b Species Drysdalia coronoides at The Reptile Database . www.reptile-database.org.
  2. ^ "White-lipped snake". Tasmania Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. Retrieved 2018-12-26. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Further readingEdit

  • 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).
  • Cogger HG (2014). Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, Seventh Edition. Clayton, Victoria, Australia: CSIRO Publishing. xxx + 1,033 pp. ISBN 978-0643100350.
  • 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).
  • Wilson, Steve; Swan, Gerry (2013). A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia, Fourth Edition. Sydney: New Holland Publishers. 522 pp. ISBN 978-1921517280.

External linksEdit

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