Coastal Taipan

The Coastal Taipan is unfortunately also called the Common Taipan for good reason. They’re a snake often encountered by humans, and are one of the most venomous snakes in the world, fourth in terms of potency of their venom. The Coastal Taipan is related to the vastly more venomous Inland Taipan, but unfortunately lacks its placid nature and habitat way away from humans.

The Taipan is extremely aggressive. They are famous for not just biting people, but actively chasing them to bite them again. People bitten by Taipans are often bitten repeatedly as a result, and this means they get large amounts of venom.

One of the fun things about Taipans is that without medical treatment, a bite is fatal almost 100% of the time. Most snake bites should be treated, but it’s more of a “just in case”, many venomous snakes don’t actually even inject venom most of the time. A Taipan always will. A bite from a Taipan almost certainly WILL kill, in about 90 minutes. Sometimes as little as half an hour.

They are fast, highly aggressive, extremely venomous, and routinely live where people are. There are usually one or two deaths from these animals every year. Taipans are a serious threat. As ever, though, the vast majority of bites are people trying to catch or kill them. So just don’t.

Identifying a Taipan is a difficult skill that involves counting scales on parts of their body and measuring the width of the head. An easier method is to just see if it’s brown. If it’s brown it might be a Taipan, Australia’s second most dangerous snake, and that’s enough to be getting on with. It might not be, but if it’s not, it’s probably an Eastern Brown Snake, which is Australia’s most dangerous snake. Course, it could be a Tiger snake… the third most. Or.. A good rule of thumb is that if the snake is brown, your underpants should be as well.

Taipan, Common Taipan
Oxyuranus scutellatus