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Fierce Snake

The Fierce Snake, also known as the Small Scaled Snake and Inland Taipan, is a highly venomous snake that belongs to the Elapidae family. The Fierce Snake is the most venomous snake in the world. A single bite from this snake can kill as many as 100 human adults. It is 50 times more venomous than the Indian Cobra, and as much as 850 times more venomous than the Diamondback. The victim of an intravenous bite from the fierce snake will die in less than two seconds.

The Fierce Snake is native to the arid regions of central Australia, extending from the southeast part of the Northern Territory, and into west Queensland. The Fierce Snake can also be found north of Lake Eyre and to the west of the split of the Murray River, Darling River and Murrumbidgee River.

The Fierce Snake is dark tan in color, ranging from a rich, dark hue to a brownish olive-green (depending on season). Its back, sides and tail may be different shades of brown and gray, with many individual scales having a wide blackish edge. The Fierce Snake averages approximately 6.6 feet in length, although larger specimens have been found.

Fierce Snakes feed on small rodents such as mice and rats. Despite its name, fierce snakes are not known to be particularly aggressive, but rather docile. They will strike if provoked, however. They kill their prey by attacking in quick, rapid strikes injecting highly toxic venom into their victim.

Fierce snakes produce clutches of between one and two dozen eggs (12″“24). The eggs hatch approximately two months after laying. The eggs are usually laid in abandoned animal burrows and deep crevices. Their reproduction rate also depends on their diet. If there are not enough rats then the snake will reproduce less.

Fierce Snake