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COASTAL TAIPAN
Oxyuranus scutellatus

Highly Venomous - Extremely Dangerous

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

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


COASTAL TAIPAN  - Oxyuranus taipan distribution map
Approximate distribution of Taipans in Australia.
The Coastal Taipan Oxyuranus scutellatus is shown in Green

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


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

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

COASTAL TAIPAN  - Oxyuranus scutellatus
Breeding Taipans. 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 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 medical procedures.


LINKS OF INTEREST


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