Harmless looking eggs, but from them cone the dreaded taipan one of the world's deadliest snakes.
Harmless looking eggs, but from them cone the dreaded taipan one of the world's deadliest snakes. This is believed to be the first successful filming of the birth of a taipan, made at the west burleigh Fauna Reserve on Queensland's Gold Coast.
Mr. David Fleay, owner of the reserve, acts as midwife at one of the births. the cluster of nine soft shelled taipan eggs have been 90 days hatching in specially heated boxes which simulate natural conditions.
The young taipans poke their heads through the soft shell of the egg for about 24 hours, before they emerge around 15 inches long. This is the fourth cluster of taipans bred by mr. Fleay but they'll be the first sent overseas. 35 They're going to the San Diego zoo in California.
This is a half brother of the nine latest arrivals. He's two years old. Their rate of growth is slow at first but eventually they reach up to ten feet.
The main reason for Mr. Fleay's success in breeding taipans has been Alexandra, mother of all the clusters born in the last four years. Milked of her venom she still wasn't 55 1/2 happy at coming from her winter hibernation.
Mr. fleay, believed to be the first person to breed taipans in captivity, spent a busy day as midwife to a snake.