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COLUBRID SNAKES - Colubridae Homalopsidae Mud Snakes

PYTHON SNAKES - Pythonidae

ELAPID SNAKES - Elapidae Cobras Coral Snakes

SEA SNAKES - Hydrophiinae Laticaudidae Sea Kraits

FILE SNAKES - Acrochordidae

BLIND SNAKES - Worm Snakes - Typhlopidae Ramphotyphlops

 

Colubrids & Mud Snakes

Pythons

 

 

Elapid Snakes

 

Sea Snakes

 

File Snakes

 

Blind Snakes

 

TURTLES Tortoises Chelonii Testudines

DRAGON LIZARDS Agamas Agamidae

GECKO LIZARDS Gekkonidae

LEGLESS LIZARDS Pygopodidae Pygopods

MONITOR LIZARDS Goannas Varanids Varanidae

SKINK LIZARDS Scincidae

CROCODILES Crocodylia Crocodilia Saltwater freshwater estuarine

Turtles Tortoises

Dragons Agamas

Geckos

 

Legless Lizards

Monitor Lizards

Skinks

 

Crocodiles

 


WESTERN DESERT or CENTRAL RANGES TAIPAN
Oxyuranus temporalis

  Reptiles of Australia

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.

 

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


OTHER LINKS  

Oxyuranus temporalis
Wikipaedia

Central Ranges taipan
ReptilesDownunder.com

 





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