FIERCE SNAKE (Oxyuranus microlepidotus)
Also known as the Inland Taipan, this is the deadliest snake in the world. The toxicity of it’s venom far outstips any other snake venom. Surprisingly enough, not one death has ever been recorded from a bite from this reptile. This is definitely due to the fact, that
it is only found in one or two small locations, and they are extremely sparsely populated areas. Where the 4 states of Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and the Northern Territory converge, which is mainly blacksoil desert country.
* Note the colour variations, Fierce Snakes alter colours depending on seasons. Darker colours absorb the heat better in winter months.
The average length is 1.8 metres (5ft 9 ins) but have been found to be as large as
2.5 metres (8ft 1 in). Their prey is native rats and other small mammals. When food is scarce thier numbers diminish appreciably
The female lays between 12 to 20 eggs per clutch, these are laid in burrows of rabbits or marsupials, or in deep fissures in the cracked dry soil of the desert. Like the Brown Snake, the eggs hatch within 10 days, and the young are venomous from birth.
Of all the snakes throughout the world, Australia lays claim to the 5 most deadly and venomous. Fierce Snake, Taipan, Brown Snake, Tiger Snake and the Death Adder.
Approximately 5,000 snake bites occur each year, 200 to 500 receive anti vennene treatment and fatalaties average 2 to 5.
Surprisingly enough, many people never see a snake in their life, most of those who do, avoid them, the unlucky, receive a close encounter they’d much rather forget.