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Oxyuranus scutellatus

Oxyuranus scutellatus

(Taipan, Coastal Taipan)




Oxyuranus scutellatus

Common name

Taipan, Coastal Taipan

Main colour

Light to dark brown

Body size

To 2 m long, rarely more


Cairns, Townsville


Australia’s deadliest snake, it is found in a wide range of habitats, preys chiefly on small mammals. The body is light to dark brown above, glossy, paler on the sides. Belly is cream to yellow often with orange spots or flecks. Head is large and distinct, paler than the body, particularly on the snout, some flecks may be present. The iris is orange-brown.