Reptile Park Says Deadly Australian Taipan Snake Delivers Record Venom Sample

A deadly Australian Taipan delivered a sample of venom with the potential to kill up to 3,000 human adults, according to zookeepers at the Australian Reptile Park in Somersby, New South Wales.

The Coastal Taipan called Whiplash was milked for some venom as part of the zoo’s antivenom program. Whiplash gave a 4.9-gram sample, breaking his personal record of 4.5 grams.

“I would like to say I’m shocked Whiplash has managed to break his record again, but he has broken his own record about three times now and he just keeps giving more and more venom. He is the most amazing snake I’ve ever worked with and keeps me on my toes! But it’s worth it knowing he is saving so many lives!” Zookeeper Zac Bower said.

This video, taken by the Australian Reptile Park shows, the snake being milked for the large venom sample. Credit: Australian Reptile Park via Storyful

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting