15 Deadliest Snakes in the World

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It’s hard to even look at them, but when you think about what they can do to a person, is quite terrifying. The most poisonous snakes in the world are here, so get a good look and avoid them in real life. These are not pets you’d want to cuddle.

Fierce snake/Western Taipan

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You don’t want to meet Oxyuranus microlepidotus or Western Taipan. The most poisonous snake in the world can kill 100 people with a single bite. That’s 50 times more venomous than a Cobra.

Eastern Brown Snake

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All Australians ought to watch out for Pseudonaja textilis, or the Eastern Brown Snake. Only 1/14,000 of an ounce of its toxic venom can kill a grown up. The Eastern Brown Snake is very fast and tends to be aggressive.

Blue Krait

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It might be pretty for some, but it’s also very dangerous. Bungarus candidus or the Blue Krait hails from Indonesia and South East Asia and hunts at night. Over 50% of bites result in death, even after quick treatments.

Common Death Adder

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As its name describes, this snake can be found throughout Australia. Acanthophis antarcticus, or the Common Death Adder is one of the most venomous snakes you can encounter. It’s poison attacks so fast, only a very quick treatment can save one from death.

Black Mamba

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Dendroaspis polylepis, or Black Mamba – the name derives from the inside of the snake’s mouth. The Black Mamba lives in sub-Saharan Africa and is known for being highly aggressive, fast and precise.

Tiger snake

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The fatality rate of Notechis, or the Tiger Snake is 60-70%. Its venom is so toxic that can kill in 30 minutes. You can find it in parts of Australia, where it resides as a protected species.

Philippine Cobra

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Naja philippinensis, or the Philippine Cobra has one of the most dangerous venoms in the world. Similar to Tiger Snake its venom, a neurotoxin can cause death in 30 minutes. Almost more frightening – this Cobra is also able to spit its poison up to 3 meters.

Beaked Sea Snake

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Enhydrina schistosa, or the Beaked Sea Snake are responsible for half of all sea snake bites in the world. Its venom is approximately six times more poisonous than a single deadly snake bite. The Beaked Sea Snake is found on the coast and coastal islands of India.

Eastern diamondback rattlesnake

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Crotalus adamanteus – the Eastern Diamondback can be found in the southeastern United States and is one of the most poisonous snakes in North America. A bite of a rattlesnake can often be fatal even after applying antivenom in time.

Saw-scaled viper

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Echis carinatus is a species of Viper that is regarded as causing the majority of snakebite cases and deaths in the world. The Saw-scaled viper is found in the Middle East and Central Asia, and in the Indian subcontinent. A bite is very painful and can often lead to oliguria – sometimes resulting in acute renal failure.

King Cobra

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Ophiophagus hannah, the King Cobra is the world’s longest poisonous snake. Along with its length, the King Cobra’s venom is quite formidable. Toxins found in just a single bite from a King Cobra could kill up 20 people; however, they are not very aggressive snakes and tend to avoid human confrontation.

Terciopelo

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Bothrops asper can be found in Costa Rica, Southern Mexico, and Northern Southern Hemisphere. The Terciopelo is commonly known as the ultimate pit viper, and symptoms of its bite can include pain, oozing from wounds, and swelling that can increase for 36 hours.

Black-banded sea krait

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Laticauda semifasciata are found in the waters of the western Pacific Ocean. The Black-banded sea krait’s venom is ten times stronger than a cobras; however they only strike humans when threatened.

Russel’s Viper

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Daboia russelli, commonly known as Russel’s Viper are found in India, China, Taiwan and Pakistan, this species are credited with a high rate of snakebite deaths due to its aggressive nature and habitation in highly populated areas. Russel’s Viper can reach up to 5 feet in length, and its venom can cause muscle paralysis and renal failure if not treated immediately.

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Indian cobra

Naja naja, the Indian Cobra is a part of the “big four” that are the cause for the majority of snakebites in India. Its venom contains a powerful neurotoxin though thanks to the development of antivenom only 10% of bits prove to be fatal.

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