Inland Taipan

The Inland Taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus), native to Australia, is the most venomous snake in the world – it is a venomous elapid reptile. It is also known as the Western Taipan, the Small-Scale Snake, or the Fierce Snake. There are two types of Taipans in Australia: Coastal Taipan (Oxyuranus scutellatus) and Inland Taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus).

The Inland Taipan is dark-tan to brownish light-green, depending on the season. Its colour becomes darker in winter in order to absorb light and heat from the sun (called thermoregulation). Its underbelly is pale-yellowish. It has dark-marked scales in diagonal rows. It has a rounded head wiith dark eyes. It has poisonous fangs.

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Boomslang

The Boomslang (Dispholidus typus) is a large venomous African colubrid (rear-fanged) snake. Boomslang means tree snake. It is a reptile.

The Boomslang can be various colours; males can be llight-green with black edges on their scales; and females can be brown, and may have tiny white spots. Its underbelly is cream or yellowish, without spots. Its head is egg-shaped and its eyes are very large and round. It has excellent eye sight.

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Mexican Green Rattler

The Mexican Green Rattler (Crotalus basiliscus) is a venomous (poisonous) pit viper, native to western Mexico. It is a snake, and a reptile.

The Mexican Green Rattler has a plump body with brown or grey scales. Its scales are diamond (rhombus) shaped with light edges. Its underbelly is creamy-white. It has a large, distinct grey-brown head. Its tail is dark grey with few markings. On the tip of the tail is its cream-coloured rattle.

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African Tiger Snake

The African Tiger Snake (Telescopus semiannulatus) is from central, eastern, and southern Africa. It is a rear-fanged colubrid, which is not venomous to humans.

The African Tiger Snake has pale orange or salmon pink scales with 24-48 black or dark brown bars on its back and tail. Its underbelly is pale yellow or orange. It has a narrow body, long tail, and a distinct head with large orange eyes that have vertical pupils.

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What are the similarities and differences between a Black Mamba snake and a Green Mamba snake?

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The Black Mamba and the Green Mamba are both highly venomous snakes that can kill humans quickly with their fangs.

They are both elapids. Elapids are venomous snakes with fangs.

Black Mambas are olive or grey, and Green Mambas are shiny green.

Black Mambas are longer than Green Mambas.

Black Mambas are faster than Green Mambas.

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Black Mamba

The Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis) is a long thin snake with a distinctive coffin-shaped head.

It is not black. It is olive, brownish, yellow-brown or grey. The inside of its mouth is black.

They grow to approximately 3.2 metres (10.6 feet) long.

They are very fast moving snakes, active during the day (diurnal). They can climb trees, but they mainly move along the ground.

They are the fastest, longest venomous snakes in the world.

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