Snake no.3...INLAND TAIPAN...

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Inland Taipan


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[4] and 30 μg/kg (ppb) for the natural venom mixture.[5] 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.


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Very danger area but i like it becoz.....ur blog is so nice ,,,,thanks for the nice description ......
Two guys in the desert. One went behind a catus to relieve himself. He screamed and the other one said whats up, noticing a Inland Taipan scurring away. I just got bit on the a$$ by that snake. His friend said, let me run in to town and get the doctor. In town, he asked the Doc to come help. Doc said all you have to do is lance where the snake bit him and suck out the poison. He went back and his friend asked what the Doc said..........................He said you are gonna DIE! shocked
I know a snake handler who got bitten by this snake. He was sick for years. Still not the same now. Very nasty bite.
Rattle snakes should be next. Time to add a beat in snakes symphony. :)
indeed..you guessed right

Will blog 4 be the Trouser Snake??
wow i guess the copperheads we have are tame compared to these guys. great posts thanx
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