Reptile Oxyuranus scutellatus scutellatus (Coastal taipan)


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Central West, NSW
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Scientific Name: Oxyuranus scutellatus scutellatus

Common Name: Coastal taipan

Order: Squamata

Suborder: Serpentes

Family: Elapidae

Other Names: NA

Distribution: Coastal Queensland, Northen Territory and North Western Ausrtralian coastlines

Habitat: Open forests, coastal bushland and grassy beach dunes. It is common in agricultural areas such as cane fields.

Field Notes: A large snake, growing to over 3m in length. The sides and top of the head are flattish with rounded edges and the brow raised. A light brown to olive in colour, It can also display as very dark grey, brown or black. The face if usualy a lighter variation on the main body colour with the underside also lightly coloured, mottled with pink or orange.

The Coastal taipan is the 3rd most venomous land snake in the world.

Images By Blake - 2011 - Location: Australia Zoo