THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS, DISTRIBUTION MAPS AND INFORMATION
Covering Snakes and Lizards, Crocodiles and Turtles, including Colubrid snakes, Pythons, Elapids (called Cobras or Coral Snakes in some countries), Sea Snakes, File Snakes, Blind (or Worm) Snakes, Sea Turtles, Freshwater Turtles (or Tortoises) Dragon Lizards (Agamas), Gecko's, Legless Lizards, Monitor Lizards (often called Goanna's in Australia), Skinks and Crocodilia.

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COASTAL TAIPAN
Oxyuranus scutellatus

Highly Venomous - Extremely Dangerous


COASTAL TAIPAN  - Oxyuranus taipan distribution map


COASTAL TAIPAN  - Oxyuranus scutellatus  

Red Phase, Unknown Locality, Queensland.
COASTAL TAIPAN  - Oxyuranus scutellatus

A bunch of neonate Taipans, male from Rockhampton Qld, female from Cooktown, Qld


A bicphalic still-born from the same above group.
COASTAL TAIPAN  - Oxyuranus scutellatus

Breeding Taipans. Cooktown female and Cairns male.
COASTAL TAIPAN  - Oxyuranus scutellatus
The blue bolus near the vent of the female is caused by the male's hemipene.


COASTAL TAIPAN  - Oxyuranus scutellatus
The above picture is of Oxyuranus scutellatus and Herpetologisticus stupdus.  David warns: "PLLEEEASSSE, kiddies, don't try this at home." The snake is a very tame long term cb animal.

Venomous snakes do not always inject venom when biting, however due to the extremely high toxicity of the venom of this species, 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.

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October 29, 2013