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Fierce Snake (Inland Taipan)

  Author:  63011  Category:(Discussion) Created:(4/29/2008 1:32:00 PM)
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fierce snake

Scientific Name: Oxyuranus microlepidotus

The fierce snake or inland taipan can reach a total length of 2.5 metres, although 1.8 metres is the more usual length. The upper surface of the snake can vary from dark brown to a light straw colour. Dramatic seasonal colour changes take place, with a darker winter and lighter summer coloration. These changes are an adaptation to the harsh outback climate, the darker markings absorbing heat more efficiently in winter and the reverse in summer. The head especially may take on an almost glossy black appearance at times.

Did You Know? Although the fierce snake is the most toxic snake in the world with venom more potent than any other species by a large margin, there have never been any human fatalities caused by this species. Several bites have been recorded and successfully treated by taipan antivenom which is produced and manufactured by the Australian Reptile Park and the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories in Melbourne.

Habitat: The fierce snake inhabits the black soil plains in the region where Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory borders converge. There is little in the way of cover or vegetation, the snakes utilising the deep cracks and fissures formed in the dry soil to escape predators and the searing heat.

Diet: The diet is almost solely composed of small mammals, particularly native rats, which, at times, reach plague proportions in this region. The prey is subdued with a series of rapid accurate strikes, which injects the extremely toxic venom deep into the rodent. The venom is unequaled in toxicity amongst any snake anywhere in the world.

Reproduction: Populations of this snake are highly dependent on the availability of its favourite prey. When the rats experience a good year, the numbers of fierce snakes also rises soon after. By the same token, when a poor year follows many rats and snakes perish from lack of food. The female fierce snake lays between 12 and 20 eggs per clutch, which are laid in an abandoned animals burrow or deep soil crevice.

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Halloween is Right around the corner.. .

Date: 4/29/2008 3:02:00 PM  From Authorid: 21764    WHOA!!!!!!!!!!!! This looks like attack mode.. *runs away screaming*   
Date: 4/29/2008 3:47:00 PM  From Authorid: 42945    OMGosh!!! *eyes bugging out of my head* no wonder I'm having nightmares reading these snake posts...heheheheheheheee jk!!I'll never go right inland in Queensland, I suppose that's why there has not been many bitten by one of them, it's such a desolate looking part of the country, and not many people go there!...*shudders*!!  
Date: 4/29/2008 6:36:00 PM  From Authorid: 47218    Cool snake. They are misunderstood and unjustly feared creatures. Way more people die from mosquito bites than snake bites.  
Date: 4/29/2008 11:37:00 PM  ( From Author ) From Authorid: 63011    Thanx for your replies. It does look kinda look like it's in defense mode, Bunches. LOL I wouldn't want to go to Queensland, Zema! Not with Mr. Taipan there! True, Mollycat.  
Date: 4/30/2008 1:54:00 PM  From Authorid: 4887    Love the picture!  
Date: 5/1/2008 11:53:00 PM  ( From Author ) From Authorid: 63011    Thanx, Dina!  

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