Oxyuranus microlepidotus (McCoy, 1879)

Inland taipan, Fierce snake, Small-scaled snake



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Parademansia microlepidotus (McCoy, 1879)


Conservation Status

Last record: 1882

Rediscovered in 1972



Australia (eastern)


Biology & Ecology










Bell, Karen L; Sutherland, Struan K; Hodgson, Wayne C (1998). Some pharmacological studies of venom from the inland taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus). Toxicon 36(1): 63-74.

Broad, A. J., Sutherland, S. K., C. TANNER,AND J. COVACEVICH. 1979. Electrophoretic, enzyme, and preliminary toxicity studies of the venom of the small-scaled snake, Parademansia micralepidata (Serpentes: Elapidae), with additional data on its distribution. Mem. Queensland Mus. 19: 319-329.

Covacevich, J. and Wombey, J. (1976). Recognition of Parademansia microlepidotus (McCoy) (Elapidae), a dangerous Australian snake. Proc R Soc Queensland 87: 29-32.

Fohlman, J. (1979). Comparison of two highly toxic Australian snake venoms: The taipan (Oxyuranus s. scutellatus) and the fierce snake (Parademansia microlepidotus). Toxicon. 17(2): 170-172.

Hodgson WC, Dal Belo CA, Rowan EG (2007). The neuromuscular activity of paradoxin: a presynaptic neurotoxin from the venom of the inland taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus). Neuropharmacology 52(5): 1229-1236.

Shine, Richard and Covacevich, Jeanette. (1983). Ecology of Highly Venomous Snakes: the Australian Genus Oxyuranus (Elapidae). Journal of Herpelology 17(1): 60-69.


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