Huge 8kg royal brown snake at Australian Reptile Park may be the most venomous in the country

Huge king brown snake weighing nearly 8kg could be Australia’s deadliest after excreting enough venom to kill 20 adult men

  • 7.8kg snake that measures 2.7m in length could be Australia’s biggest venomous snake
  • Its venom is so potent it could kill 20 adult men and is used to make anti-venom
  • The snake named Titan received a health check at the Australian Reptile Park in New South Wales

A deadly reptile that produces enough venom to kill 20 men could be one of Australia’s largest poisonous snakes.

‘Titan’, the brown king snake, was undergoing a health check at the Australian Reptile Park on the central coast of New South Wales when a whopping 5.58g of venom was extracted from its mouth.

The reptile, also known as the mulga snake, weighed 7.8 kg and was nearly 2.7 m long.

A brown king snake typically weighs up to 6 kg and measures 2.5 m.

Australian Reptile Park’s Billy Collett (pictured with Titan) said he could tell the brown king snake was a solid weight – “I could feel it when I held it”.

Titan weighs nearly 8kg and is 2.68m long - one of Australia's largest poisonous snakes

Titan weighs nearly 8kg and is 2.68m long – one of Australia’s largest poisonous snakes

The venom collected by the reptile park is estimated to save at least 300 lives a year (Titan giving a sample)

The venom collected by the reptile park is estimated to save at least 300 lives a year (Titan giving a sample)

Australian Reptile Park operations manager Billy Collett was stunned by the gigantic size of the Titan.

“Far from it, it weighs 7.8kg and I can tell you I could feel it when I was holding it,” he said.

Mr Collett said he expected a huge amount of venom to come from the snake, which is extracted once every fortnight.

The park is the only one in the world to milk Australian land snakes for their venom, which is crucial for making anti-venom for those bitten by the reptiles.

“It is mind-blowing to think that this piece of venom is actually going to help save human lives – what a massive yield of venom,” Mr Collett said.

The snake expert said around 300 lives are saved each year through the reptile park’s venom program.

Reptile center staff weigh and measure the snakes to monitor their health, as it is difficult to know when they are getting sick.

'Titan' the brown king snake was undergoing a health check at the Australian Reptile Park on NSW's central coast when a whopping 5.58g of venom was extracted from its mouth

‘Titan’ the brown king snake was undergoing a health check at the Australian Reptile Park on NSW’s central coast when a whopping 5.58g of venom was extracted from its mouth

The total venom extracted (pictured after Titan, the Obliged Brown Snake King with a sample) weighed 5.58g - enough to get rid of 20 men

The total venom extracted (pictured after Titan, the Obliged Brown Snake King with a sample) weighed 5.58g – enough to get rid of 20 men

KING BROWN SNAKE FACTS

Despite its common name, the brown kingsnake is not a true brown snake but one of the black snake family

A bite from this snake would therefore be treated with a black snake anti-venom.

They are named brown snakes because of their common brown color

As with many Australian snakes, the color is variable

Most specimens are medium brown, some with a copper tint, others quite dark

King Browns are sturdy snakes with a broad head and large specimens will reach a length of over 2.5m.

They inhabit all of Australia except for the eastern and southern coastal areas

These snakes eat other reptiles, snakes, and lizards, but occasionally feast on birds, mammals, and frogs.

Female king browns produce a clutch of around 8-20 eggs, which can be laid in a disused burrow or under a log or rock

There is no maternal care for the eggs once they have been laid, and incubation lasts about two to three months, when the baby snakes go in search of their first lizard meal.

Source: Australian Reptile Park, Snake Facts

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