After racking up 7000km last week in the pursuit of Inland Taipans, I’m extremely pleased to share our success with you all. With only 2 days remaining before a long drive back to the Sunshine Coast, we were fortunate enough to find 3 of these impressive snakes; 2 of them within minutes of each other!
My favorite was this 1.8m female, as she was the most 'spirited’ of the bunch. In contrast, the other large taipan had a more relaxed temperament, while the third, and smallest (about 1.3m) was a little less confident in its abilities, opting to flee down a large soil crack before we could photograph it. It’s individual experiences such as this that remind me just how different snakes can be, even among the same species. If you’ve had a bad experience with one, I encourage you not to take it out on the next; it may be a relaxed individual that prefers to flee rather than 'fight’.
Inland Taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus) Goyder lagoon region, SA