Today, I want to write about inland taipans because they are a really cool snake.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- They can grow to up to 2.5 metres in length.
- They change colour throughout the year. They are more of a light olive-green colour in summer and become a much darker brown in winter. Being warmer in winter enables them to absorb more heat from the sun.
- Inland taipans have the most venomous bite of any snake in the world. One bite is powerful enough to kill 100 grown men.
- Their venom is specially designed to kill mammals as they mostly eat rats, mice and small marsupials, although they do eat birds as well. When they attack, they bite on multiple occasions, which means that their prey dies quickly.
- They live in very remote, semi-arid areas of central Australia and are very shy. In fact, no specimens were found between 1882 and 1972, when they were rediscovered. Despite this, they are not considered in danger of extinction.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about inland taipans?