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Coastal Taipan

Oxyuranus scutellatus


Danger: This is a dangerously venomous species with strongly neurotoxic venom. It possesses the third most toxic land snake venom known. Many human deaths have resulted from bites by this species.

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SaraPaige626 5 years ago

This is amazing! I'd love to see one of these.. At a safe distance that is!

Christiane 7 years ago

I only have seen one Inland Taipan before which is endemic to Australia, has the most toxic venom of any terrestrial snake species worldwide ... and it was very nervous. I have seen 7 or 8 Coastal Taipans as they live where we live! They are even more nervous! I thing the PAPUAN is closely related to the Coastal..

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

I never encountered one whilst traipsing around southern Papua some years back. I must say I wasn't too disappointed given all of the stories of aggressive pursuit I heard attributed to "our" type of taipan...

Christiane 7 years ago

It is the snake you will most likely come across in Australia. So even it is not the most venomous it is the one responsible for most bites! It shares our living space!!

borzrach 7 years ago


Christiane 7 years ago

Interesting myths... But hard to study if you don't want to kill them!

Hema 7 years ago

Fascinating! I wonder if the scientists have studied their eyes in detail.I have heard myths like, their eyes retain the image of the last thing they saw before they died.

Christiane 7 years ago

It is a very nervous snake.. Not very friendly, even when hand reared.

Hema 7 years ago

His eyes look so focused!!

Christiane 7 years ago

This was in the SNAKE DOWNUNDER PARK in Childers! If this would be in the wild I would not be so close!

DanielePralong 7 years ago

Wow! How did you come across it?

Queensland, Australia

Lat: -25.23, Long: 152.29

Spotted on Aug 5, 2011
Submitted on Aug 10, 2011

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