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COASTAL TAIPAN
and Papuan Taipan


Oxyuranus scutellatus

Highly Venomous - Extremely Dangerous




COMMON NAME

SCIENTIFIC NAME

DISTRIBUTION
(uncertain)

New Guinea Taipan or Papuan Taipan

Oxyuranus scutellatus canni

Southern Papua New Guinea, Indonesia (Irian Jaya)

Coastal Taipan

Oxyuranus scutellatus scutellatus

Far north of WA, and NT and Eastern coast of Qld extending into far north-eastern NSW(Australia)



Taipan Oxyuranus scutellatus
Coastal Taipan (Oxyuranus scutellatus scutellatus) photographed at Billabong Zoo, NSW





Approximate distribution of Taipans in Australia.
The Coastal Taipan (Oxyuranus scutellatus scutellatus) is shown in Green

Note that New Guinea Taipan or Papuan Taipan (Oxyuranus scutellatus canni) occurs in southern New Guinea

   COASTAL TAIPAN  - Oxyuranus scutellatus
The Coastal Taipan (Oxyuranus scutellatus scutellatus) is one of the most feared species of snakes in Australia


COASTAL TAIPAN  - Oxyuranus scutellatus
Red Phase Coastal Taipan (Oxyuranus scutellatus scutellatus), Unknown Locality, Queensland.

Taipan, skull.
"Taipan, skull."
by utahmatz is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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A bunch of neonate Coastal Taipan (Oxyuranus scutellatus scutellatus) , male from Rockhampton Qld, female from Cooktown, Qld

COASTAL TAIPAN  - Oxyuranus scutellatus
A bicphalic still-born Coastal Taipan (Oxyuranus scutellatus scutellatus) from the same above group.

COASTAL TAIPAN  - Oxyuranus scutellatus
Breeding Coastal Taipans (Oxyuranus scutellatus scutellatus). Cooktown female and Cairns male.
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 a Coastal Taipan(Oxyuranus scutellatus scutellatus) and Herpetologisticus stupidus.  David warns: "PLLEEEASSSE, kiddies, don't try this at home." The snake is a very tame long term captive bred 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 first aid and treatment for this species and other dangerous snakes increases 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.

THERE ARE 3 SPECIES OF TAIPAN FOUND IN AUSTRALIA

COMMON NAME

SCIENTIFIC NAME

DISTRIBUTION

Inland Taipan or Fierce Snake

Oxyuranus microlepidotus

NSW, Qld, SA, Vic(?) NT?

Coastal Taipan

Oxyuranus scutellatus scutellatus

NSW, NT, Qld, WA

Western Desert or Central Ranges Taipan

Oxyuranus temporalis

WA, NT (no records From SA but likely to occur)


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