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Oxyuranus microlepidotus

Inland Taipan

Venomous 💀💀💀💀💀 Extremely dangerous bite ref
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Taipans usually avoid confrontation, but they will strike fast and fiercely when cornered. Multiple bites, each bite will deliver a venom dosage that is usually lethal without antivenin-treatment. Horses had died within 5 minutes after a bite.


The inland taipan has the most lethal venom of all snakes, but it is quite reluctant to strike and a very rare species. Bite accidents in the field are unknown.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 250 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • 37 to 43 cm ref
  • Reproduction

  • oviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) ref
  • Fangs

  • fixed ref front-fanged ref
  • Teeth/Fang Length

  • 6.2 mm ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Oxyuranus microlepidotus  ENGLISH Fierce Snake, Inland Taipan, Small Scaled Snake, Western Taipan, FRENCH Taïpan Du Désert, GERMAN Australischer Inlandtaipan, Kleinschuppenschlange, Schreckensotter, Zornschlange, ITALIAN Serpente Fiero, Serpente Piccolo Scalato, Taipan Dell'interno, SPANISH Serpiente De Escamas Pequeñas, Serpiente Feroz, Taipán Del Interior ref

Full Taxonomy

  • I. Superfamily Colubroidea

  • Colubrids, elapids and vipers
  • II. Family Elapidae

  • Elapids
  • III. Subfamily Hydrophiinae

  • Sea snakes
  • IV. Genus Oxyuranus

  • Taipans
  • V. Species Oxyuranus microlepidotus

  • Inland taipan
  • VI. snakeID

  • 759
Look up complete taxonomic records of Oxyuranus microlepidotus (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).