Most Venomous Land Snake

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The most venomous land snake in the world is the inland taipan or small – scaled (or fierce) snake (Oxyuranus microlepidotus), which measures up to 1.7 m (5 ft 7 in) and is found mainly in the Diamantina River and Cooper Creek drainage basins in Queensland and western New South Wales, Australia. In a single strike, a taipan can inject 60 mg (0.002 oz) of venom, sufficient to quickly paralyze a small marsupial but also more than enough to kill several human adults. The average venom yield after milking is 44 mg (0.00155 oz), enough to kill 250, 000 mice. Fortunately this species only lives I the arid deserts of central eastern Australia and no human death has been reported from its bite.


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