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), 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 poisonous, the snake is rather shy, and prefers to escape from trouble.[4]

A bite from the inland taipan can be very fatal. 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]

References[change | change source]

  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
  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 (in English). Fact Monster. 1217 Avenue of the Americas New York, New York 10020: John Stevenson. ISBN 1-933821-84-1.
  6. Hoy, Tiffany, (July 25, 2012) Gallery: Australia's 10 most dangerous snakes , Australian Geographic retrieved April 02.,2014

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