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The Inland Taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus), also known as the Small Scaled Snake and Fierce Snake, is native to Australia and is regarded as the most venomous land snake in the world based on LD50 values in mice.It is a species of taipan belonging to the Elapidae family. Although highly venomous, it is very shy and reclusive, and always prefers to escape from trouble (the word "fierce" from its alternate name describes its venom, not its temperament).
The Inland Taipan is dark tan, ranging from a rich, dark hue to a brownish olive-green, depending on season. Its back, sides and tail may be different shades of brown and grey, with many scales having a wide blackish edge. The round-snouted head and neck are usually noticeably darker than the body (glossy black in winter, dark brown in summer), the darker colour allowing the snake to heat itself while only exposing a smaller portion of the body at the burrow entrance. The eye is of average size with a blackish brown iris and without a noticeable coloured rim around the pupil. It has twenty-three rows of mid-body scales, between fifty-five and seventy divided subcaudal scales, and one anal scale. The Inland Taipan averages approximately 1.8 metres (5.9 ft) in length, although larger specimens can reach lengths of 2.5 metres (8.2 ft).
The Inland Taipan consumes mostly rodents, small mammals and birds. Unlike other venomous snakes that strike with a single accurate bite then retreat while waiting for the prey to die, the Inland Taipan is known to deliver up to eight venomous bites in a single attack.
The Inland Taipan's venom consists of Taipoxin and protease enzymes, the average quantity of venom delivered by this species is 44 mg and the maximum dose recorded is 110 mg. The median lethal dose (LD50) for mice is 2 μg/kg (ppb) for pure Taipoxin and 30 μg/kg (ppb) for the natural venom mixture. Its venom consists mostly of neurotoxins. As of late 2003, all positively identified inland taipan bite victims have been herpetologists handling the snakes for study, and all have been treated successfully with antivenom—no incidents have been fatal.
[P.S.-No P.S this time]
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NOW many people won't agree with me but go through the blog first....9 comments
RUSSELL'S VIPER(Also known as krait):
Found in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, China (Guangxi, Guangdong), Taiwan and Indonesia (Endeh, Flores, east Java, Komodo, Lomblen Islands).
Within its range it can be very common in some areas, but scarce in others. In India, is abundant in Punjab, very common along the West Coast and its hills, in southern India and up to Bengal. It is uncommon to rare in the Ganges valley, northern Bengal and Assam. It is prevalent in Myanmar.
It is not restricted to any particular habitat, but does tend to avoid dense forests. The snake is mostly found in open, grassy or bushy areas, but may also be found in second growth forests (scrub jungles), on forested plantations and farmland. They are most common in plains, coastal lowlands and hills of suitable habitat. Generally not found at altitude, but has been reported as far up as 2300–3000 m. Humid environments, such as marshes, swamps and rain forests, are avoided.
It feeds primarily on rodents, especially murid species. However, they will eat just about anything, including rats, mice, shrews, squirrels, land crabs, scorpions and other arthropods. Juveniles are crepuscular, feeding on lizards and foraging actively. As they grow and become adults, they begin to specialize in rodents. Indeed, the presence of rodents is the main reason they are attracted to human habitation.
The quantity of venom produced by individual specimens is considerable. Reported venom yields for adult specimens range from 130–250 mg to 150–250 mg to 21–268 mg. Envenomation symptoms begin with pain at the site of the bite, immediately followed by swelling of the affected extremity. Bleeding is a common symptom, especially from the gums and in the urine, and sputum may show signs of blood within 20 minutes post-bite. There is a drop in blood pressure, and the heart rate falls. Blistering occurs at the site of the bite, developing along the affected limb in severe cases. Necrosis is usually superficial and limited to the muscles near the bite, but may be severe in extreme cases. Vomiting and facial swelling occur in about one-third of all cases. Kidney failure (renal failure) also occurs in approximately 25-30 percent of untreated bites. Severe disseminated intravascular coagulation also can occur in severe envenomations. Early medical treatment and early access to antivenom can prevent and drastically reduce the chance of developing the severe/potentially lethal complications.
I can show a casuality here,who died...
[P.S:- It kills more humans than any other snake except BLACK MAMBA...more than TAIPAN,FER DE LANCE...so,its no.2 in the list..many INDIANS will now agree with me atleast]
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I love snakes and planning to write a blog series on snakes...Here i go starting with my favourite snake14 comments
Black mambas are fast, nervous, lethally venomous, and when threatened, highly aggressive. They have been blamed for numerous human deaths, and African myths exaggerate their capabilities to legendary proportions. For these reasons, the black mamba is widely considered the world’s deadliest snake.
Black mambas live in the savannas and rocky hills of southern and eastern Africa. They are Africa’s longest venomous snake, reaching up to 14 feet (4.5 meters) in length, although 8.2 feet (2.5 meters) is more the average. They are also among the fastest snakes in the world, slithering at speeds of up to 12.5 miles per hour (20 kilometers per hour).
They get their name not from their skin color, which tends to be olive to gray, but rather from the blue-black color of the inside of their mouth, which they display when threatened.
Black mambas are shy and will almost always seek to escape when confronted. However, when cornered, these snakes will raise their heads, sometimes with a third of their body off the ground, spread their cobra-like neck-flap, open their black mouths and hiss. If an attacker persists, the mamba will strike not once, but repeatedly, injecting large amounts of potent neuro- and cardiotoxin with each strike.
Black Mamba's fangs
Before the advent of black mamba antivenin, a bite from this fearsome serpent was 100 percent fatal, usually within about 20 minutes. Unfortunately, antivenin is still not widely available in the rural parts of the mamba’s range, and mamba-related deaths remain frequent.
The black mamba has no special conservation status. However, encroachment on its territory is not only putting pressure on the species but contributes to more potentially dangerous human contact with these snakes.
P.S.-If you ever see a black mamba ,dont panic..I find them a beautiful creation and you will find this too..(And ofcourse,stay away)....
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Well ,i thought to post hilarious Rajnikant's jokes(FANS DONT MIND AND FELLOWS ENJOY):-18 comments
1.Rajinikanth counted to infinity. Twice
2.Once Rajinikanth raced with time, time is still running.
3.When Alexander Graham Bell first used his telephone, he realized that he already had two missed calls from Rajinikanth.
4.When ghosts go camping, they sit around the fire and tell stories about Rajinikanth.
5.Once a media guy asked Rajini: "Don't you get angry after seeing these ridiculous jokes on you?" Rajini replied: "Do you think they are jokes?"
6.Rajinikanth can drown a fish
7.If RAJINI touches live electric wire, entire sub-station gets electrocuted!
8.Rajinikanth runs until the treadmill gets tired.
9.Great mystery solved : the missing piece of apple in Apple's Logo was eaten by Rajnikant!
10.One day a snake bit Rajnikanth on his leg. After 5 days of excruciating pain the snake died.
11.Rajnikanth never acted in a Hollywood movie because Hollywood can't afford Rajnikanth!
12.When Rajini falls into water, he doesn't get wet, the water gets Rajini-ed.
13.Rajinikanth changed his colour to black to absorb maximum UV rays and protect earth.
14.Intel's new ad: Rajinikanth Inside!
15.One day Rajini thought to play cricket in monsoon and the rain stopped due to play.
16.Rajinikanth wears sunglasses to protect sun from his eyes.
17.Rajinikanth got 150 questions in exam paper asking - "Solve any 100 questions" He solved all 150 and wrote, " Rascalla!, CHECK ANY 100!"
18.Why does needle of magnetic compass always point towards North??? . . Because, RAJINIKANTH lives in the South and no one has guts to point at him!!!
19.RAJINIKANTH knows those two persons who shook their hands in Nokia!!
20.Rajini once played badminton ,the shuttle he hit,went through the atmosphere tearing open the biggest hole in ozone,shattering the second moon of earth,taking the created debris with itself and shedding it in between Mars and Jupiter(creating the asteroid field),skimmed above the Jupiter's atmosphere(creating a storm that is still on from 300 years),went through the side of Uranus(rotating it in the opposite direction) and finally hit Pluto(sending it out of solar system).
21.When Rajinikanth sky dives....the earth wears a helmet.
22.Rajinikanth's pulse is measured in Richter scale.
23.Principal: What do you want to become in future? Student: After studying MBBS, I want to join Police force & get good job in a good software company and work as lawyer and construct big buildings and conduct research and become an actor... Principal: Hey, What's your name? Student: "The Rajinikanth"!!
24.Rajinikanth once had a race with Light.. Light came third.. Well Rajini's shadow was Second.
25.Only once in history has Rajinikanth snapped his fingers, scientists call it The Big Bang!
26.Yuvraj can hit only 6 sixes in an over but Rajinikanth can hit 12!
27.Rajinikanth's next movie... TITANIC in Tamil. Climax revised. Both survive. Rajini swims Atlantic ocean, Heroine in 1 hand &.. Titanic in other hand...!!
28.Rajinikanth's lunch was stolen during a camping trip. No one has seen Big Foot ever since.
29.Rajinikanth doesn't read your mind, he tells it what to do.
30.If RAJINI says "Sorry", he can make dead man alive !
31.Once Rajinikanth was caught on the highway for over speeding...while walking!
32.The Dead Sea was once alive before Rajinikanth bathed there.
33.Rajinikanth can delete the Recycle Bin.
34.The Black Eyed Peas were originally named "The Peas"....until they met Rajinikanth.
35.Rajinikanth drove an Ambassador car in a Formula1 Race and won!
36.Rajini adopted 2 horses, 2 camels, 2 elephants from zoo.. Do you know why? To play chess!
37.Rajinikanth once scared a baby. To this day that baby is still screaming in fear......his name is Justin Bieber
38.Rajinikanth is the only one who drank the milk from the milky way in the galaxy
39.Rajinikanth can send can mms from a landline phone
40.Rajinikanth is the only person who can Hit laughing dog in DUCK HUNT game.
41.Rajinikanth frequently donates blood. Just never his own.
42.Lunar eclipses occur when Rajinikanth has a staring contest with the sun and it flinches.
43.Rajinikanth can paste something before he copies it.
44.One day Rajnikanth got angry with his mother and threw away the dinner set. Today people refer to its pieces as flying saucers!
45.Ranjinkanth played basketball on the moon and now moon has craters.
46.When Rajinikanth was a Student, Teachers use to Bunk the classes!!!
47.When Rajinikanth does push-ups, he isn't lifting himself up. He is pushing the earth down.
48.Aishwairya Rai to Rajinikanth: Ek chutki sindoor ki kimat tum kya jaano rajni babu??? Rajinikanth: 0.000000078650000123478956 Rupees. MIND IT!!!
49.Rajinikanth filmed the making of the first camera.
50.While playing once Rajini said 'Statue' to a girl and now that girl is called "The Statue of Liberty".