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Inland Taipan

Inland taipan is an extremely high venomous snake endemic to central east Australia. The species is regarded as the most venomous snake in the world. The snake is known to be shy and reclusive.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Elapidae
    Genus Oxyuranus
    Scientific Name Oxyuranus microlepidotus

    Other Names Western Taipan, The Small-scaled Snake, The Fierce Snake
    Length 1.8 m; larger specimens can measure 2.5 m
    Color Dark tan to brownish light-green depending on season – tend to be lighter during summer and darker during winter; sides, back and tail may be different shades of brown and gray
    Distribution Queensland, South Australia
    Habitat Semi-arid regions
    Diet Mammals – mostly rodents
    Predators king brown snake, perentie
    Venom Fact Highly venomous
    Breeding Season End of winter (dry season)
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 1 to 24 eggs
    Incubation Period Around 2 months
    Reproductive Age Male: 16 months of age
    Female: 28 months of age
    Average Lifespan 10 to 20 years or more
    IUCN Conservation Status Not Assessed

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    Published on December 2nd 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 7th June 2019.

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