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INLAND TAIPAN (Fierce Snake)
Oxyuranus microlepidotus

Highly Venomous - Extremely Dangerous

Inland Taipan Oxyuranus microlepidotus photographed at Featherdale Wildlife Park NSW

 
 INLAND TAIPAN (Fierce Snake) - Oxyuranus microlepidotus - map
Approximate distribution of the Inland Taipan Oxyuranus microlepidotus is marked in orange

This light coloured Inland Taipan Oxyuranus microlepidotus was photographed at Featherdale Wildlife Park NSW


This dark coloured Inland Taipan Oxyuranus microlepidotus was photographed at Taronga Park Zoo, Sydney, NSW

Inland Taipan Oxyuranus microlepidotus was photographed at Taronga Park Zoo, Sydney, NSW


INLAND TAIPAN (Fierce Snake) - Oxyuranus microlepidotus
Inland Taipan Oxyuranus microlepidotus showing head scalation


INLAND TAIPAN (Fierce Snake) - Oxyuranus microlepidotus
Inland Taipan Oxyuranus microlepidotus

INLAND TAIPAN (Fierce Snake) - Oxyuranus microlepidotus
Inland Taipan Oxyuranus microlepidotus

INLAND TAIPAN (Fierce Snake) - Oxyuranus microlepidotus
Inland Taipan Oxyuranus microlepidotus


INLAND TAIPAN (Fierce Snake) - Oxyuranus microlepidotus
Inland Taipans Oxyuranus microlepidotus mating.

Note that the darkness of the patterning on this species (and some other reptile species) appears to vary depending on the time of year, and it is darker in the cooler weather.

This species is often listed as having the most potent venom of any species of snake in the world. However people rarely get bitten by this species and as far as I know, there have been no deaths from this species.
Note that the species that is often listed as having the second most potent venom in the world is the Eastern Brown Snake Pseudonaja textilis and the species often listed as having the 3rd most potent venom in the world is the Coastal Taipan Oxyuranus scutellatus - note that the toxicity of the venom does not usually correllate with the number of people that die from bites from that species, or to the chance of surviving a bite from that species as there are severa other factors involved

Venomous snakes do not always inject venom when biting, however due to the extremely high toxicity of the venom of this species (possibly the most toxic snake venom in the world), it is vital that first aid is performed immediately (Constrictive bandage etc) and the patient is taken immediately to hospital. Lack of symptoms may not mean that the victim has not been envenomated.

Correct and immediate treatment for this species and other dangerous snakes increase the chance of survival.

Although people are commonly bitten by dangerous snakes in Australia, the actual number of deaths is actually very low, due to antivenines and medical procedures.


LINKS OF INTEREST

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