21 December, 2007

Inland Taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus)

The Australian Inland Taipan looks graceful and in a way, beautiful; even though, it is generally agreed by most of those who know and understand snakes, that it is a snake with the most potent venom on Earth. But, because the snake lives in very sparsely populated areas; and being rather shy and reclusive they attack very few people; case in point - worldwide, more than 40,000 people die each year from venomous snakebite. But Australia only has 2 - 3 snakebite deaths each year.

For more on the Inland Taipan go to these sites: users.esc.net.au, Reptile Park, Ezine, Manbir-online, Barefoot Bushman, ABC.net, Everthing2, National Geographic, Toxinology, answers.yahoo, Reptile Knowledge, Echeat, Featherdale, kingsnake, Wikipedia, Books, Scholar, Images

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