The Coastal Taipan, Australia’s longest and most dangerous venomous snake and one that is consistently ranked in the Top Four of the most dangerous land snakes in the world, is seen here late in the afternoon, sunbaking on the concrete drive just in front of our garage. This is an immature specimen of some 1.7 – 1.8 m ( 6’ ). It eventually attains a length of 2.8 – 3.0 m ( 11’ ). Its venom is 7.5 times stronger than the Indian Cobra’s, it has extremely long 12mm ( ½” ) fangs, and is utterly notorious for its aggression and delivering lightning fast multiple strikes if provoked or accidentally cornered. Truly, a snake to be treated with the outmost caution. This image is not the best I have ever taken, having had to shoot through a tiny gap in some bushes; falling light levels necessitating a wide open aperture AND, of course, not making the foolish mistake of concentrating on the camera settings in the viewfinder rather than looking at the snake. I made that mistake once before, with the big Brown Snake, that nearly got me. This time, I did not take my eyes off the Taipan, in case it objected to my presence and I was forced into a very fast all out retreat. Fortunately, this did not occur and I managed to get one shot in before the snake left hurriedly, the other way.