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Inland taipan

inland taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus)
Windorah, Queensland
Photo © David Fischer
Oxyuranus microlepidotus - (McCoy, 1879)
Pronunciation  OX-ee-your-AH-nuss   MY-crow-lep-ee-DOH-tuss
Etymology  Oxyuranus: 'pointy tail'.
microlepidotus: 'small-scaled'.
Other names  Fierce snake
Western taipan
Small-scaled snake (microlepidotus means 'small-scaled)
Diemenia microlepidota
Diemenia ferox
Parademansia microlepidota1
Total length
Species avg: 200 cm
Species max: 250 cm
Clutch size
Average: 16
Range: 12 - 20
Length and clutch size information comes from a variety of sources, but primarily from Shine (1991) and Cogger (2000).
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Found in the following Australian states/territories

New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia


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