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Western desert taipan

western desert taipan (Oxyuranus temporalis)
Great Victoria Desert, Western Australia
Photo © Jordan Vos
Oxyuranus temporalis - Doughty, Maryan, Donnellan & Hutchinson, 2007
Pronunciation  OX-ee-your-AH-nuss   temp-or-AH-liss
Etymology  Oxyuranus: 'pointy tail'.
temporalis: referring to the solitary primary temporal scale.1
Other names  Central Ranges taipan1
Total length
Species avg: 152 cm
Species max: 180 cm
Clutch size
Average: 7
Length and clutch size information comes from a variety of sources, but primarily from Shine (1991) and Cogger (2000).
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


The first individual of this species was collected on the eastern margin of the Walter James Range of Western Australia, near the borders of the Northern Territory and South Australia.1 It is likely the the species is also found in South Australia.

Several more specimens have since been recorded from the Ilkurlka Roadhouse and the Great Victoria Desert.2

In addition, an old record of a previously unidentified species has been shown to likely be this species.2 This record came from the George Gill Range in the Northern Territory.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Western Australia, Northern Territory


Spinifex and mallee on sandy soils.1 Sandy desert.2.

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