Coastal Taipan Snake Facts! Well, we are talking of snakes and not just any ordinary snake – we are talking of one of world’s most venomous snakes you can ever come across. These Coastal Taipans are a bit shy when it comes to showdown with an opponent in an open area. However, when it comes to a closed place with close-quarter combats, Coastal Taipans can be really deadly. Instead of slipping into a vanishing act as in case of an open arena, these snakes will opt for holding their ground and attacking in case of surprise and close encounters. Let us find out 30 interesting Coastal Taipan snake facts and learn about their distribution, habitat, behavior, anatomy and more…You ready?
Interesting Coastal Taipan Snake Facts: 1-10
1. Coastal Taipan is the common name. However, this snake is also known by two other common names – Eastern Taipan and Common Taipan.
2. The unusual name Taipan was actually given by Wik-mungkan people who inhabited the Cape York Peninsula of Australia.
3. The term Taipan was introduced for general use by Dr. Donald Thomson – an anthropologist. Dr. Thomson was the first person in this world to have captured a live Coastal Taipan and milk it. In case you are not aware, milking of a snake actually refers to the act of removal of venoms from a snake’s fangs.
4. These snakes are capable of growing up to 6.6 feet on average but there are specimens that are about 10 feet in length. They have a very robust body build up. However, one of the easiest ways to identify a Coastal Taipan is to look at its head and neck.
5. The neck of a Coastal Taipan is pretty slender compared to the head, which has a deep rectangular shape. In particular, the head has a shape similar to a coffin.
6. The color of Coastal Taipans varies. Some may be yellowish in color. Some may be nearly black and some may be reddish brown or sometimes dark brown.
7. Interestingly, Coastal Taipans actually undergo seasonal color changes. During the winter months they turn a slightly darker in hue while in the summer months, they take lighter hue.
8. The head again is a distinguishing body part here. The head of the snake is always paler compared to the body of the snake, especially in case of juveniles.
9. As the snake grows older, the head starts becoming darker in color. However, the head still remains slightly paler and especially, the snout is way paler than the body.
10. The dorsal fins of Coastal Taipans are pretty smooth but at times, the fins may be slightly keeled, particularly on the neck.