Reptile Oxyuranus microlepidotus (Inland Taipan)


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May 2, 2011
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Central West, NSW
Warning Poisionous

Scientific Name: Oxyuranus microlepidotus

Common Name: Inland Taipan

Order: Squamata

Suborder: Serpentes

Family: Elapidae

Other Names: Fierce Snake, Small Scaled Snake

Distribution: Arid regions of Central Australian NSW, SA, QLD and NT

Habitat: Deep cracks and fissures in the dry earth where it escapes the heat and finds prey in rats, mice and birds.

Field Notes: Growing up to 2.5m in length. Dark brown to brown-olive in colour depending in the season and location. Its often displays a darker patterning of scales which show as chevrons on the body of the snale. The head of the snake is much darker than the rest of the body, ranging from glossy black to brown. This head colouration will change depending on the season to allow the snake to better capture heat from the sun without exposing all of its body. Rats and mice are a popular food and it can often be seen patiently smelling and probing inside cracks and burrows in the ground for food.

The inland Taipan is the worlds most venomous snake, despite this it is a reasonably shy snake but no doubt will strike when threatened or cornered. The alternative name "Feirce Snake" comes from its venomous power not its temper.

Images By Blake - 2011 - Location: Australia Zoo