AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS, DISTRIBUTION MAPS AND INFORMATION
This site covers 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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WESTERN DESERT or CENTRAL RANGES TAIPAN
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). We should have some idea of the Toxicity of the venom by 2012 however it is likely to be one of the most toxic venoms of any snake species in the world as the top 3 positions are held by the other two Taipan Species and the Common Brown Snake.
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.
Last updated February 5, 2010