Inland taipan

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Fierce Snake (Inland Taipan)
Fierce Snake-Oxyuranus microlepidotus.jpg
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)
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 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
  3. www.manbir-online.com
  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. Fact Monster. 1217 Avenue of the Americas New York, New York 10020: John Stevenson. ISBN 1-933821-84-1.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help);
  6. Hoy, Tiffany, (July 25, 2012) Gallery: Australia's 10 most dangerous snakes , Australian Geographic retrieved April 02.,2014

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