COASTAL TAIPAN FACTS
The Coastal Taipan is a dangerous venomous snake that can bite repeatedly when cornered. It is light to dark brown above with paler sides. The underside is cream to yellow often with orange spots or flecks. The head is large and distinct, paler than the body, particularly on the snout. The iris is orange-brown.
up to 2m long
found in variety of habitats, including the sugar cane growing areas of Queensland, where it thrives on introduced rats and mice
small mammals such as rats, mice, bandicoots
7-20 eggs are laid by this snake in summer. Hatchlings measure 28 - 50cm
The Coastal Taipan is found along the coast and nearby areas of Queensland and far north NSW. It is also found in tropical parts of the Northern Territory, including Melville and Bathurst Islands, the West Kimberley’s of Western Australia,
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
The Coastal Taipan is one of the deadliest species of snakes in the world. It has large fangs and highly toxic venom. The poison from the bite causes headache, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and dizziness. Blurred vision follows, sometimes accompanied by convulsions and, in severe cases, coma. The poison is also a myotoxin - it eats away at muscle tissue. Kidney failure is a common complication in serious snake-bites and can cause death. The snake rarely attacks humans except in self-defense.
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Relatives in same Genus
Fierce Snake (O. microlepidotus)
Coastal Taipan (O. scutellatus)