Alice Springs Reptile Centre

The Coastal Taipan (Oxyuranus scutellatus) is related to the Inland Taipan. However, unlike the Inland Taipan, this species can reach up to 3 metres in length!

They are considered the largest venomous snake in Australia and are equipped with 13 mm fangs.

Found in a wide variety of habitats, from cane fields to woodlands and monsoon forests. Their diet consists mainly of mammals, in particular rats, but they are able to take prey as large as a bandicoot.

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  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Squamata
  • Suborder: Serpentes
  • Family: Elapidae
  • Genus: Oxyuranus
  • Species: O. scutellatus
  • Binomial name: Oxyuranus scutellatus