Snakes: Austrelaps superbus
Common Name="Lowland Copperhead" or "Common Copperhead"
Genus/Species=Austrelaps superbus (GŁnther, 1858)
Distribution=Common from Gippsland in Victoria to south-eastern South Australia but also found up to Sydney and in Tasmania.
Habitat=Usually found near water, where hunt frogs, lizards and other small vertebrates.
Description=These are medium too large, venomous snakes that can grow to around 1.5m and vary considerably in coloration,
however quite evenly with a dark upper surface and pale belly.
Observations=These are generally amongst the most docile snakes I encounter and tend to be quite approachable.
Like all snakes, they don't have eyelids (just a thin, transparent layer of skin) so I would suspect having
grains of sand on them (like in the first photo) would be uncomfortable.