The Most Dangerous Snakes in The World

Indiana Jones isn’t afraid of anything but snakes. And he’s right. Because while spiders are generally a lot less evil than they’re said to be, some snakes are real public menace, potential serial killers who, when they bite you, kill you. Now, you don’t want to die because some ridiculous invertebrate bit you, right? You might as well learn to recognize the worst snakes by now.

The black mamba

Remember Black Mamba in Kill Bill? Same vibe. The thing bites you and you’re dead. Two hours later. Black Mamba can also travel up to 20 miles an hour, which is not bad for a thing with no legs. Black mamba’s are found from Ethiopia to South Africa, and you can see them all the way up to 20 feet tall. I mean, the number of humans they kill is pretty limited…

Coastal Taipan

Very common in Australia and New Guinea, the Coastal Taipan is a nice medium snake. Its venom is like 25 times more dangerous than that of the cobra, which means that with a single bite, the thing could kill 100 people (if they all had a common limb, though). Luckily, the Taipan is the shy kind, like I have glasses and not tonight, I don’t go out, I read books in bed, and don’t get too close to humans. Luckily. Because otherwise, its venom remains active even after 100 years, according to studies.

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The striking viper

Relatively present in sub-Saharan Africa and in deserts, the striking viper hits you to death when it hits you. With venom hooks that are 2 cm long, you can see a little bit of internal bleeding and necrosis. On the other hand, the striking viper is not a stutterer, since it still takes the time to warn by making whistles before biting. Ah. And it’s beige. Beige in the desert. Which is handy for spotting it.

The spearhead

The spearhead has a spearhead, and that spearhead is the bite. Unlike its European cousin, the Central American version of the spearhead kills a lot of people every year. The snake walks through tropical trees and water, then uses its two balls of venom to slaughter you. Particularly present in Costa Rica, it does not work particularly for the country’s tourist office.

The Indian cobra

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Indian’s better than two you’ll get. The Indian cobra doesn’t have as strong a venom as his other buddies, but the thing is, he’s very very very fast. Where you have an hour and a half to get surgery after a black mamba bite, you only have a few minutes with the Indian cobra. The bite mortality ratio is around 10%. That still equates to 15,000 deaths a year. That’s not a small number.

The Indian bongare

No, but deep down he’s a bongare, he doesn’t want to hurt anyone. I mean, he’s still the most dangerous snake in India. Its venom paralyses you and attacks the nervous system and synpases. So the antivenoms don’t work, and the paralysis is irreversible. For one bite, you have a 75% chance of dying. See India and die.

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Russell’s viper

Russell's viper

Russell’s viper is responsible for the greatest pain of all when you get bitten by a snake. Internal bleeding, necrosis, the works. Plus, the Russell’s Adder is naturally aggressive and jumps on you like a hot potato when it’s irritated. In India, the snake kills about 25,000 people a year. Especially since the amount of venom it delivers per bite is enormous.

The carinatus chisel

The echis carinatus is very small, but super super super aggressive. It is one of the fastest snakes in the world and its bite mortality rate is very high, as high as 90% in some areas, especially since the effects are slow to develop. Carinatus sharks are found in the Indian and Pakistani region, but also in the Middle East and North Africa. Its bite is very painful.

The king cobra

Okay, they say he’s royal. They say he’s royal because he’s the longest poisonous snake in the world, plain and simple. When it kills you, it delivers very, very high levels of venom, up to 421 milligrams. The king cobra is the thing that dances, opens its head and makes maracas before it bites you when it feels attacked. Fortunately, king cobras tend to avoid humans. As a result, bites are very rare. In case of a severe bite, death comes very, very quickly.

Bungarus Multicinctus

Bungarus multicinctus has a nice name, but it’s not very nice. It delivers pre- and post-neurotoxic venom and the antivenoms don’t work well: 50% of the people treated die anyway. Very present in Asia, especially in Taiwan, it is responsible, in this country, for 80% of deaths by snake bite.

Source: Wikipedia