Inland taipan

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Fierce Snake (Inland Taipan)
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Oxyuranus
Species: O. microlepidotus
Binomial name
Oxyuranus microlepidotus
(McCoy, 1879)
Places where the Inland Taipan lives (in red)

The Inland Taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus), or the Fierce Snake, is a snake in Australia and is the most venomous snake on Earth.[1][2] It belongs to the Elapidae family. Although it is poisonous, it does not bite easily, and prefers to escape from trouble.[3]

However, the inland taipan can be very fatal when it bites. One bite from it contains enough venom to kill about 100 people at once.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. LD50 Values for snake venom, 1999
  2. www.manbir-online.com
  3. "Our Animals - Reptiles - Venomous Snakes - Fierce Snake". Australia Zoo. http://www.australiazoo.com.au/our-animals/amazing-animals/reptiles/?reptile=venomous_snakes&animal=fierce%20snake. Retrieved 2009-05-21.
  4. Almanac 2008, Time for Kids (2007). "Animals - Animal Hall of Fame". In Beth Rowen (in English). Fact Monster. 1217 Avenue of the Americas New York, New York 10020: John Stevenson. ISBN 1-933821-84-1 .