Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Taipan (Snake)

The coastal taipan (Oxyuranus scutellatus) is a large snake that inhabits the northeastern region of Australia. Although it is the most venomous land snake in the world, it is not as dangerous as other snakes, since it is shy and not aggressive; however it may attack when cornered. The coastal taipan is between dark brown and black in color, with the adult measuring an average of 1.30 m in length. It feeds on rodents, such as mice and rats, and birds. On every bite, the taipan can inject 120 mg of venom, which is neurotoxic, affecting the nerve impulses. In non-treated cases, the mortality rate is 100%.