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Oxyuranus scutellatus

Coastal Taipan

Venomous 💀💀💀💀💀 Extremely dangerous bite ref
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Warning. 

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.

Description. 

Taipan snakes are large, agile and highly venomous snakes endemic to Australasia. They mainly hunt rats and bandicoots. Temperament varies between the different species.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 366 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • 31.8 to 60 cm ref
  • Reproduction

  • oviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) ref
  • Fangs

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

  • 12.1 mm ref

Altitude range

Vertical distribution

0 to 700 meter above sea level (a.s.l.) ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Oxyuranus scutellatus  ENGLISH Coastal Taipan, Common Taipan, Taipan, FRENCH Taïpan Côtier, GERMAN Küstentaipan, östlicher Taipan, ITALIAN Taipan Comune, Taipan Continentale Litoraneo, SPANISH Taipán De La Costa ref
Oxyuranus scutellatus scutellatus ref
Oxyuranus scutellatus canni ENGLISH New Guinea Taipan, Papuan Taipan, GERMAN Neuguinea Taipan, Papuataipan, UNCODED LANGUAGES Auguma, Duba, Kabagi, Larana Karo, Lavai, Relena Gamara 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 scutellatus

  • Coastal taipan
  • VI. snakeID

  • 760
Look up complete taxonomic records of Oxyuranus scutellatus (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).