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Snakes - venomous snakes - Alive !! ... (long post)

Ozzie_Traveller

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G'day all

Travelling thru northern Australia at the moment, we came across a wildlife park called 'Snakes Alive' which advertises amongst other things, a display of the world's most venomous snakes. I knew that Australia hosts heaps of venomous snakes, but to find that 9 of the world's top 10 venomous snakes are all dinkum Aussies was news to me

The young lady giving the display was well rigged out with heavy clothing and industrial work boots, but she was so relaxed with the snakes I was just amazed. It seems that all venomous snakes are graded against the Indian Cobra (for some reason) and that snake gets a value of "1" on the toxicity scale

1)- Aussie 'Death Adder'


2)- Aussie 'Mainland Tiger'


3)- Aussie 'Inland Taipan'


The American Rattlesnake that Hollywood makes a big deal about gets a rating of "1/10x" ... that's right ... 0,1x
The Aussie Death Adder is rated at 1,5x (against the Cobra)
The Aussie Tiger snake is rated at 4x and
The Aussie Inland Taipan is rated at 50 to 80x !!!!!!

Anyone interested in following up this interesting topic can find more at
1)- https://www.snakesdownunder.com/ ... (the wildlife park)
2)- http://www.venomsupplies.com/toxicity/ ... an Aussie company that milks venomous snakes and spiders for supply of venom internationally to medical and research organisations

As always, feedback welcome
Phil
 

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Excellent shots and information Phil.
 

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Great shots. Not sure if you can get the tv program in Australia, but have a look at ‘Snakes in the City’, it’s aired on sky tv here in UK. A chap in South Africa catches venomous snakes that gets into peoples houses, and there are always lots of cobras, that you mentioned. He’s very into conservation though, and releases them back into the wild.
 

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The fierce snake (Taipan) is far from it though. They flee from people so are very rarely seen. Most of the land snakes in Aus are timid, it is the sea snakes you have to watch out for there.

The rattle snake is quite aggressive hence its reputation, but as you say far less venomous than many Aussie species. Aussie snakes are far more relaxed.

I did have a brown trousers moment is Australia once. We were travelling from Adelaide to Broken Hill and kipped in the desert. I woke up with a snake around my feet in my sleeping bag. Not being familiar with the snakes of the region you can only imagine what my heart rate did. Very slowly, spare pants on standby, I moved out of the bag. My cousin, who had lived there since he was a kid, was in fits. The snake was a python which he just picked up and put under a bush. It was the second time in two days he had "rescued" me after a huntsman had to be removed from my room. I have since learnt a lot about snakes and spiders in Aus. Love snakes now, fascinating creatures.

Far worse for me are ticks and plants like the gympie, a stinger that can leave pain for months in the worst cases.
 

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Beautiful shots and great write-up, Phil. Thanks for that.
 
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