AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS AND INFORMATION
Covering Australian Snakes and Lizards, Crocodiles and Turtles
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Highly Venomous - Extremely Dangerous
Coastal Taipan Oxyuranus scutellatus photographed at Billabong Zoo, NSW
The Coastal Taipan Oxyuranus scutellatus is one of the most feared species of snakes in Australia
Approximate distribution of Taipans in Australia.
The Coastal Taipan Oxyuranus scutellatus is shown in Green
Red Phase Taipan Oxyuranus scutellatus, Unknown Locality, Queensland.
A bunch of neonate Taipans Oxyuranus scutellatus , male from Rockhampton Qld, female from Cooktown, Qld
A bicphalic still-born from the same above group.
Breeding Taipans. Cooktown female and Cairns male.
The blue bolus near the vent of the female is caused by the male's hemipene.
The above picture is of a Taipan Oxyuranus scutellatus and Herpetologisticus stupdus. 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 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