Latin Name: Oxyuranus microlepidotus
Locailty: Central Australia
The Inland Taipan, also known as the Western taipan can kill 544,000 mice with a single bite of venom. The venom is known to paralyze victim’s nervous system and clot the blood, which then blocks blood vessels and uses up clotting factors. Although the Inland taipan is highly venomous, they are very shy and reclusive, and always prefer to escape from threat. Inland taipans adapt to their environment by changing the color of their skin during seasonal changes. They tend to become lighter during summer and darker during the winter. This seasonal color change serves the purpose of thermoregulation, allowing the snake to absorb more light in the colder months.
Fact: The Inland Taipan is the world’s most venomous Snake species.