The Coastal Taipan is usually light olive to dark russet brown but sometimes dark grey to black. The head has an angular brow and is lighter coloured on the face. The eye is a reddish colour. The belly is cream and usually marked with orange or pink flecks.
Found in northern and eastern Australia. It is known from north-western Western Australia, the northern Northern Territory, across Cape York Peninsula and coastally through eastern Queensland.
This is a dangerously venomous species with strongly neurotoxic
venom. It possesses the third most toxic land snake venom known. Many human deaths have RESULTED from bites by this species.