The Most Venomous Snake
02 Aug 2015
The Inland Taipan, a snake which is also called the Western Taipan or the fierce snake. This snake is an extremely venomous snake of the Taipan family, and is endemic to semi-arid regions of central eastern Australia. It was first described by Frederick McCoy in 1879 and then by William John Macleay in 1882, but for the next 90 years, it was a mystery species in the scientific community. No more specimens were found, and virtually nothing was added to knowledge of this species until its rediscovery in 1972.
It has the most toxic venom of any land snake in the world. For the record, its maximum yield recorded for one bite is 110mg, enough to kill about 100 humans, or 250,000 mice. With an LD/50 of 0.03mg/kg, it is 10 times as venomous as the Mojave Rattlesnake, and 50 times more than the common Cobra.
The Inland Taipans are rarely encountered in the wild by the average person because of their remoteness and brief above-ground appearance during the day. So long as a person is not creating much vibration and noise the Inland Taipan may not feel alarmed or bothered by a human presence. Inland Taipan prefers to escape from trouble, but it will definitely defend itself and strike if provoked. Caution is still a must, should be exercised and a safe distance maintained as it can inflict a potentially fatal bite and will kill a human within 45 minutes.
Though it is the most venomous snake, it is still not considered as the deadliest of all. Its alternative name is “Fierce Snake”, yes it is, but it describes its venom, not its temper.
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