Oxyuranus scutellatus Peters, 1867, Rockhampton.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
This species often reaches a length more than 79 in (2 m). Its coloration is generally light to dark brown with no obvious pattern.
Eastern Queensland, northeastern Western Australia, and Northern Territory.
The taipan inhabits forest to open savanna.
This snake is mainly active during the day.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
The taipan specializes on small mammals.
The female lays up to 20 eggs.
The taipan is considered the second most venomous snake. Only its close relative, the inland taipan, or fierce snake, is more venomous. Few fatal bites occur, however, because taipans inhabit inhospitable areas where people tend not to live. The taipan also is very shy and always retreats if it can. ♦
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