The World’s Deadliest Snakes and Where to Find Them

Snakes are some of the most dangerous creatures in the world, whether they’re strangling someone to death, eating someone alive or, more importantly, biting them. It’s no wonder snakes can strike fear into the hearts of even the bravest of us. To keep you prepared, Tony Hakim has compiled a list of some of the deadliest snakes in the world and where to find (read: avoid) them.

Inland Taipan

The inland taipan is generally reclusive and shy, but don’t let this fool you. They are considered the world’s most venomous land snake. Their maximum yield recorded for one bite is 110mg, or in other words, enough to kill over 100 people. The inland taipan prefers dry, arid climate, making the Australian outback the perfect home.

Australian Brown Snake

The second most venomous land snake, the Australian brown snake is fast moving and aggressive. Just one 1/14,000 of an ounce of their venom is enough to kill a person. Be warned, when this snake is agitated it has been known to chase the aggressor and strike at it repeatedly.

Tiger Snake

Found in the southern regions of Australia, the tiger snake is named for its colour, often banded like those on a tiger. These snakes possess a potent neurotoxin and symptoms of a bite can include pain, tingling, numbness, sweating, and difficulty in breathing. Although there is an effective antivenom, the mortality rate is over 60% if not treated.

Vipers

There are many different kinds of vipers around the world; however the most venomous are the Saw Scaled Viper and the Chain Viper, found primarily in the Middle East and Central Asia. Vipers are known for being quick tempered and very fast. A bite from a viper often induces extreme swelling, bleeding from the gums, a drop in blood pressure and a falling heart rate. One third of all cases have also included vomiting and facial swelling, and death can occur due to cardiac or respiratory failure up to 14 days after the bite.

Black Mamba

The highly aggressive black mamba is found throughout many parts of the African continent. They are the fastest land snake in the world, capable of reaching speeds of up to 20 km/h, and able to strike up to 12 times in a row. A single bite is capable of killing up to 25 adults, and 50% of the time, that is exactly what happens. After a bite, the victim may experience distorted vision, fever, foaming of the mouth and nose, and a lack of muscle control. If untreated, the symptoms progress to severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and paralysis. The mortality rate of the black mamba is nearly 100%, and death can occur any time between 15 minutes and 3 hours after the bite.

 

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