Inland Taipan the most venomous snake in the world
Where to find:
Inland Taipan inhabits the desert regions of Australia. Typically, as the name says, are the inland regions of East Australia.
His habitat is the semi-arid plans, it is not a common snake.
The Inland Taipan is generally between 1.8 to 2 meters length. Some specimens can reach the length of 2.5 or a little bit more.
Inland Taipan the most venomous snake in the world. He is extremely dangerous if you meet and disturb him.
His character is not aggressive and he prefers to leave if he meets humans. However is very rare to meet the Inland Taipans. The lands where these snakes lives are not inhabited by humans. So according to this two factors, Inland Taipan can be considerate the most poisonous but not the most dangerous.
Why these snakes are considered the most poisonous snakes
The classification LD50 put him in pole position on the score of the most poisonous snakes of the world.
[hoot_box type=”note”]Ld 50 is the dose of venom necessary to kill half of a number of cavies, typically hundred. We want to remark this is a deprecable method to classify the venoms. Our scientists are great enough to define a more human method. Animals need respect even if they are cavies. [/hoot_box]
The venom of Inland Taipan
The quantity of venom according to LD50 is just 0.025 mg/kg. So is a common thought that a dose of Inland Taipan’ venom can kill 100 adult people. In fact, according to this numbers, we can think there is no chance in case of a bite.
Fortunately, it is not true, in Australia has more kinds of antivenom and the last one is specific for these snakes. All the hospitals have availability of antivenom. The damages in the body are not as fast as the Black Mamba. Join at this the rare possibility of meet him and you can understand why the most poisonous snake in the world don’t kill anyone. Very different from Puff Adder that is lazy but she kills thousands of people every year because of his camouflage and the high presence in the inhabits lands.
Anyway, we suggest you don’t joke with him because he is of the same family of Black Mamba and some characteristics are similar. For example, he likes to bite more times up to 8. And he is a good runner, he can run 16 km/hours.
As reported to the IUCN Red List the major risk is the decrease in rodents that are the primary food of the snakes. This is because of domestic dogs and foxes increments.
But even another concern is knocking at the door, the reduction of water because it is used for irrigation in agriculture. This problem can have a big impact on the habitat. And when the habitat is compromised nobody can know the effects. One of the consequence can be the extinction of some species include Taipans. But one more danger can be the migration of the Taipans to the towns. We hope the progress will keep in high consideration the environment and biodiversity.
Scientific Name: Oxyuranus microlepidotus
English name: Inland Taipan
Link to Red List page: Red List IUCN Page of Inland Taipan