Inland taipan

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Fierce Snake (Inland Taipan)
Fierce Snake-Oxyuranus microlepidotus.jpg
Scientific classification
O. microlepidotus
Binomial name
Oxyuranus microlepidotus
(McCoy, 1879)
Fierce Snake Range.jpg
Places where the Inland Taipan lives (in red)

The inland taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus), also called the fierce snake or western taipan,[1] is a snake in Australia. It is the most venomous snake on Earth.[2][3] It belongs to the Elapidae family. Although it is venomous, the snake is rather shy, and prefers to escape from trouble.[4]

A bite from the inland taipan is fatal to most creatures. One bite from the snake contains enough venom to kill about 100 people at once,[5] and it can kill someone in just 30 to 45 minutes.[6]

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  1. White, Julian (November 1991). Oxyuranus microlepidotus . "Neurotoxic paralysis usually takes 2-4 hours to become clinically detectable. Coagulopathy however may become well established within 30 minutes of a bite" International Programme on Chemical Safety. Retrieved November 8, 2013.
  2. "LD50 Values for snake venom, 1999". Archived from the original on 2015-10-13. Retrieved 2010-09-23.
  4. "Our Animals - Reptiles - Venomous Snakes - Fierce Snake". Australia Zoo. Retrieved 2009-05-21.
  5. Almanac 2008, Time for Kids (2007). "Animals - Animal Hall of Fame". In Beth Rowen (ed.). Fact Monster. 1217 Avenue of the Americas New York, New York 10020: John Stevenson. ISBN 978-1-933821-84-9. Retrieved 2010-09-23.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  6. Hoy, Tiffany, (July 25, 2012) Gallery: Australia's 10 most dangerous snakes Archived 2014-04-07 at the Wayback Machine , Australian Geographic retrieved April 02.,2014

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