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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).
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Scale count information

Dorsal scales at midbody   23
Ventrals   220 to 250 with a single anal scale
Subcaudals   55 to 70 and are divided
Other scale information  
Danger rating   Dangerous. Regarded as having the most toxic venom of any land snake.
Note: even a bite from a 'virtually harmless' or non-venomous reptile can result in serious complications. Play it safe and don't get bitten by anything.
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