Top 15 of the most dangerous snake in the world
Snakes have always intrigued man. Since the dawn of time, we have always been afraid of this species 😱. A misunderstood fear, it sometimes seems to be innate. Currently, there are about 3600 different species of serpents. Some are harmless to humans, but others are a mortal danger to us! ☠️
In this article, we are going to see together which are the most dangerous snakes on the planet. You will see that in this ranking most of them are venomous snakes. Only a few will be constrictor type snakes, meaning that they will wrap themselves around their prey and squeeze them until they suffocate them.
There are some aggressive snakes, and others more frightened. To determine this top in an objective way, we have chosen to categorize these serpents in order of dangerousness in case they are forced to attack a human.
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15. THE BOOMSLANG
Also known as Dispholidus Typus, the Boomslang is a fast and agile creature whose venom is very powerful. Fortunately, he is shy, non-aggressive, and difficult to find in his home country: Sub-Saharan Africa. But this has not stopped it from making a fearsome reputation for itself.
For many years this species was thought to be harmless until the world-renowned herpetologist Karl P. Schmidt died from a bite from this animal in 1957. In a single day, he died of respiratory paralysis and brain hemorrhage, which quickly prompted researchers to examine the venom of this snake, which, unsurprisingly, turned out to be highly toxic ☣️.
Boomslang venom is hemotoxic, which means that it destroys red blood cells, disrupts the clotting process, and causes degeneration of tissues and organs. The consequence is massive hemorrhage, causing the victim to bleed from the gums, nose, and other orifices. Sometimes the victim's body turns blue because of the extensive internal bleeding. On top of this, the process can be extremely slow, sometimes taking up to 5 days for the victim to die from internal bleeding. But there is an antivenom, so if you are bitten by one of these creatures, don't hang around too much ⌚
14. THE CORAL SNAKE
Coral Snake is a colorful and very poisonous small snake that can be found in Asia and America. He has one of the most strong venoms of all snakes. However, he's generally considered to be less dangerous in comparison to the rattlesnake. Because of his less efficient poison delivery system. The short, fixed fangs (which do not retract) make it difficult to pierce skin and clothing, and the poison is delivered using ineffective chewing movements. Moreover, because of its small size, this snake does not carry much venom in its fangs.
This snake's neurotoxic venom provokes several symptoms that become worse and worse:
- Respiratory insufficiency
- Muscle paralysis
- Visual disturbances
- Speaking Disorders
- Cardiac arrest 💔
Several hours may pass before symptoms appear. A coral snake bite is not necessarily painful and no swelling will be visible in the area of the bite. However, if no antivenom has been prescribed, the symptoms will appear later.
Although its venom is one of the most toxic, the coral snake has not killed any humans since 1960. Furthermore, it was during this year that the first antivenom was developed.
13. Reticulated Python
He's one of the longest snakes in the world. An adult can be up to 30 feet (10m) long and weigh up to 140kg 😰. He mainly lives in Southeast Asia. The reticulated python is much thinner than the anaconda, however, he is much bigger.
Being among the non-venomous snakes family. This python is what we call a constrictor snake. It will smother its prey to death and devour it whole. He' s able to swallow a prey the size of a man without any problem!
It mainly eats small mammals and birds. The attacks of reticulated pythons are very rare. They are shy by nature. This giant snake lives mainly in forests and swamps. But with deforestation, it's moving closer to human habitation. Thus it will feed on domestic animals and sometimes even on humans.
12. Golden lancehead viper
The golden lancehead viper is a species of venomous viper living on the Queimada island on the coast of Brazil or, as it is popularly known: "Snake Island" 🏝️. This Serpent measures 2 feet and can go up to 4 ft. They are highly venomous snakes, but as the golden lancehead is on an island uninhabited by humans, there has never been a single bite recorded.
The venom of this viper is 5 times more powerful than that of their cousin the Bothrops jararaca (a South American Lancehead species), and it is also the fastest-acting venom in its genus. The mortality rate of Lancehead species is about 7% if the victim does not receive medical treatment. But even if the patient receives treatment, the bite is deadly in 3% of cases ⚰️.
The effects of the Lancehead venom:
- Intense pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- The appearance of blood in the vomit and urine
- Intestinal bleeding
- Kidney failure
- Brain hemorrhage
- Necrosis of muscle tissue
We'll spare you the pictures...
So the golden lancehead viper has a hemotoxic venom that gnaws on flesh and tissue to help it to digest its prey before it devours it. But there are also neurotoxic components in its venom to ensure that it kills its prey quickly. ☠️
The name "Anaconda", generally refers to the Green Anaconda. It is the most redoubtable constrictor snake and one of the most feared snakes in the world. The Anaconda is the heaviest snake (but not necessarily the largest) on the planet. An Anaconda measures on average between 23 feet and weighs more than 200kg. We agree it's huge. But wait for the rest: the record for the largest Anaconda is held by a specimen discovered in Brazil in 2016, measuring 33 feet long and weighing 400kg😱!
He's located in South America. He lives in swamps. Its three predators are the Jaguar, the Black Caiman, and the Man.
To feed, the Anaconda uses its enormous body and prodigious strength to wrap itself around its prey and suffocate it by constriction before eating it. The pressure is tightened around its victim each time he exhales. This Snake is capable of exerting a pressure of 2kg per square centimeter!
He can also take his prey to the depths of the water to drown it, once he has planted his fangs in its flesh. An Anaconda can swallow an entire animal about the size of a goat or dog 🐕. However, although he is largely capable of killing and eating a human, Anaconda attacks are rare.
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10. The Mojave rattlesnake
The Mojave Rattlesnake is a highly venomous rattlesnake of the desert regions of the southwestern United States and central Mexico 🌎. He is classified by scientists as possessing the most toxic venom of all rattlesnake species (a hemotoxic and neurotoxic venom). The Mojave rattlesnake can grow to about 3 feet in length (on average), with some species growing up to 5 feet.
The Mojave rattlesnake's poison is extremely lethal and corresponds nearly to the toxicity of the Royal Cobra's venom. Bites of the Mojave Rattlesnake have frequently retarded symptoms, which often causes people to underestimate the gravity of their bite. However, within a few hours the venom kicks in:
- Vision problems
- Speaking and swallowing difficulties
- Muscle weakness
- Respiratory insufficiency
The deadly dose of Mojave Rattlesnake venom is 0.24mg/kg. So 70mg of its poison is sufficient to kill 7500 mice 🐁. Considering that in one bite, this Serpent can release up to 1g of venom, for a larger prey...
9. THE TIGER SNAKE
The tiger snake is a highly venomous snake found mainly in southern Australia. Generally, this type of snake reaches a size of about 120 cm. This one is known to be very aggressive.
A study in Australia conducted between 2005 and 2015 recorded that Tiger snake bites represented about 17% of all bites in the region. Its venom is very powerful and is composed of neurotoxins, coagulants, mycotoxins, and hemolysins. After a bite, the symptoms are as follows:
- Extreme pain in the feet 🦶 and neck
- Excessive perspiration
- Breathing difficulties
The mortality rate of untreated tiger snake bites is close to 60%.
8. COMMON KRAIT
The Common Krait (or Blue Krait), is a venomous snake of about 1m, found mainly in South East Asia, and Indonesia.
The venom of the Blue Krait is composed of extremely powerful neurotoxins that cause the following symptoms:
- Muscular system paralysis
- Difficulty in speaking or thinking 🤪
- Inability to breathe within 4 hours after the bite
- Total loss of vision
Unlike other snakes, which produce between 40 and 70 mg of powerful venom in their bite, the Blue Krait produces only 10 mg. But this small amount has the same effects as the other venomous snakes listed in this article.
Although people often feel no pain from a Krait bite death is common within four hours if not treated. Untreated mortality rates for Blue Krait bites are 70-80%, which is staggering... and terrifying 😨.
7. Russell's Viper
The Russell's Viper, known as the "Chain Viper", can be found in Southeast Asia, China, Taiwan, and India. These lethal snakes can grow up to 1.6m in length.
Russel's viper species generate a significant quantity of venom in their bites: approximately 40 - 70mg. The venom is highly mortal for humans because the dose of poison of Russell's Viper needed to kill a Man is 55mg. Current symptoms of a Russel viper bite include :
- Excessive bleeding, especially from the gums and in the urine 🩸
- Fast drop in blood pressure and heart rate
- Kidney failure
There's only one antivenom that's not very effective against the Russell's Viper. The pain caused by the bite often persists for about four weeks if the victim survives, and is known to cause severe tissue damage. Approximately 29% of survivors also suffer from brain damage 🧠. This animal is responsible for the majority of snakebite deaths in India.
6. THE COBRA
There are 270 types of cobras, but here we have chosen only two: The Philippine Cobra and the majestic Royal Cobra 👑.
The Philippine Cobra is a venomous serpent that lives in the northern Philippine Islands. The average length of this snake is about 1m. Concerning, the Royal Cobra can measure up to 5.5m and 10kg, which makes it the largest venomous snake on earth. (we don't call him "Royal" for nothing!).
Cobra venom is not the most powerful. However, when it bites, it delivers a large quantity of venom, up to 500mg! If you calculate, a single bite can kill a 600 kg animal or twenty men.
Its poison is made up of a neurotoxin that affects completely the victim's body:
- Breathing difficulties
- Speaking Difficulties
- Extreme nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting
- Neuromuscular system paralysis (nothing works any more)
Symptoms appear in less than 30 minutes and death follows quickly...💀
The Philippine Cobra has a very special power: he can spit venom on the eyes of his prey from a distance of 3 m! Consequence: Vision loss for several minutes.
For the moment the treatments against this type of snake are not yet effective. This is because of the large amount of venom that the cobra delivers.
5. THE BLACK MAMBA
The Black Mamba is an extremely venomous species of snake that resides in sub-Saharan Africa. The Mamba is known for its considerable length, which can reach up to 3m. This snake has the particularity of being very fast: it can move up to 20km/h 💨!
Unlike other snakes, the Black Mamba bites several times when it attacks. Its venom, composed mainly of neurotoxins, causes symptoms within only 10 minutes, which is usually fatal if the anti-venom is not administered quickly. A single bite of Mamba Noir injects between 100 and 400mg of venom depending on the size of the victim, and 15mg is enough to kill a man. So theoretically, a single bite contains enough venom to kill between 12 to 40 men.
Instead of causing local swelling and necrosis (like many venomous snake bites), the venom of a Black Mamba provokes :
- A metallic taste in the mouth
- Neurological dysfunction
- Respiratory system paralysis
- Inability to speak
- Nausea and vomiting 🤢
- Extreme perspiration
Humans bitten by a Black Mamba are completely paralyzed within 45 minutes, and often die within 7 hours if medical treatment is not quickly administered.
4. THE DEATH ADDER
Just with his name, you can be sure not to play with him...
The Death Adder is an extremely venomous snake found in Australia and New Guinea. He's reputed as one of the deadliest serpents in the world. It belongs to the family of snakes Elapidae 🐍, including Cobras and Black Mambas (this gives an idea of the beast...). This viper can strike its prey and inject venom in less than 0.15 seconds. It is said to be one of the fastest strikers!
The poison of the Death Viper is a very powerful neurotoxin. It delivers an average of 40 to 100 milligrams of venom in each bite. The lethal dose of this venom is 0.4 to 0.5mg/kg! It's even said that Cleopatra used this snake to suicide...
A bite results in death within 6 hours if treatment is not provided ⌚. Like other snakes on this list the venom often causes:
- A complete shutdown of the respiratory system
3. THE EASTERN BROWN SNAKE
The Eastern Brown Snake is a dangerous snake living in Australia and New Guinea. This snake is quite thin and has an average length of 2m.
The Eastern Brown Snake's poison is one of the most powerful in the world which is responsible for the most deaths in Australia than any other snake species. Of 20 Brown Snake bites recorded in Australia, 15 resulted in death due to their extreme power.
A Brown Snakebite will inject 5 milligrams of venom. Do you think that's a bit low? True, but the venom from a single bite is enough to kill 80 men 😓.
The venom attacks the cardiovascular system of its victim and symptoms include :
- Blood coagulation
- A sudden drop in the blood pressure
- Serious bleeding 🩸
- Cardiac Failure
- Kidney failure
- Extreme vomiting
The symptoms appear within 15 minutes.
2. BELCHER'S SEA SNAKE
The Belcher's Sea Snake (or "Faded Banded Sea Snake") is an incredibly venomous snake of the Elapidae family. This species is frequently found in the South Asian Seas 🌏. This snake is small (about 1m long), with a very slender body.
Belcher bite can kill a person in less than 45 minutes. Thankfully, this snake's shyness often prevents it from attacking humans. Moreover, research has shown that the serpent can regulate its venom secretion and releases venom in only one-quarter of its bites.
The Sea Belcher's serpent poison is high in neurotoxins and myotoxins. One bite is enough to kill 100 people.
Known symptoms are:
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Dizziness 🥴
- Total paralysis
- Extreme bleeding
- Respiratory insufficiency
- Kidney failure
Immediate medical treatment is essential to prevent death.
1. INLAND TAIPAN
🏆 And finally here is the number 1 of this classification
The Inland Taipan is a member of the Cobra family and he's considered to be the most venomous snake in the world. He resides in South Asia and Australia.
The poison of Taipan is 50 times more poisonous than the Cobra, with extremely high levels of neurotoxins. The amount of toxin contained in one Taipan bite is enough to theoretically kill 100 men. Generally, death occurs 30 minutes after the bite.
A simple bite of taipan causes:
- Nervous system paralysis
- The formation of clots in the blood, which blocks the flow of blood in the blood vessels.
Even if there is an anti-venom against the poisonous Taipan bite 👨🔬, only a small number of people survive the bite because of its extreme severity and the rapidity of the symptoms.
SNAKES: DANGEROUS KILLERS?
And that's the end of this Top 15 of the World's Most Dangerous Snakes! These animals can, therefore, be deadly.
However, they are not human killers as many people think. Most snakes only attack when they feel threatened, and prefer to escape rather than fight 💨
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