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WESTERN DESERT or CENTRAL RANGES TAIPAN
Oxyuranus temporalis
Highly Venomous - Extremely Dangerous

  

Approximate distribution of Taipans in Australia.
The Western Desert Taipan (Oxyuranus temporalis) is shown in Red

The species was described in 2007 by Australian researchers Paul Doughty, Brad Maryan, Stephen Donnellan and Mark Hutchinson.
Oxyuranus temporalis  differs from the other Taipan species  Oxyuranus scutellatus  and  Oxyuranus microlepidotus  by lacking a temporolabial scale and having six rather than seven infralabial scales

The Central Ranges Taipan appears to be widespread with specimens being found several hundred kilometers apart. There are only 5 recorded specimens with only 2 known specimens in captivity.

The 2 live specimens are currently being used for research in Adelaide, South Australia (where I reside)

Note that the area that this species is found is an extremely remote area and Aboriginal Reserves which are not accessible without special permits. It may turn up outside these reserves now that people are aware that it exists.

 

PHOTO of First Specimen :-
New species of taipan found in central WA
Science Network WA

PHOTO of Second Specimen :-
'Secret' snake, rare deadly taipan, discovered in WA
NEWS.com.au

PHOTO of one of the captive specimens:-
Rare Western Desert Taipans housed at Adelaide Zoo
NEWS.com.au


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)

 

Click here to see photos of Western Desert or Central Ranges Taipans (Oxyuranus temporalis) at flickr
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