Have you ever thought about how there are some animals which strike fear in human beings when merely named? Snakes are one of these animals. There are so many other diseases in the world which are fatal and can actually kill. For example a heart attack can do that in minutes! But it’s still strange how humans fear of dying by being bitten by a snake and dying because of its venom.
According to the WHO, there are about 3,000 species of snakes known in the world. Out of these 3,000 species about 600 species of snakes are venomous. While, 200 of these snake species are considered to be important in terms of medicine. Let us have a look at some of the most venomous snakes in the world.
Inland Taipan, also known as the fierce snake or a western taipan is a small-scaled snake from the family Elapidae. It lives in the semi-arid regions of the central east Australia. This snake is the most venomous snake in the world because if it bites you, you can die within 45 minutes!
Just like the Inland Taipan, Black Mamba also belongs to the family Elapidae. This extremely venomous snake is found in the sub-Saharan Africa. This is the second longest venomous snake in the world. It can grow up to 2 to 3 meters. If a black mamba bites someone, they are very likely to die within an hour.
Tiger snakes are famous for their skin color. The tiger-like color of their skin is the reason they are known as the tiger snakes. These snakes are native to the coastal islands like Tasmania and some southern regions of Australia. Tiger snakes are more active on a summer night and might slow down a bit on the cold nights.
King cobra as you can see from its name, it is the largest venomous snake in the world. This snake is native in jungles of South East Asia. An adult king cobra goes from 3.18 to 4 meters in length. The longest king cobra recorded in the world was 5.85 meters. King cobras can kill and eat other cobras and this is why they are known as the King Cobras!
Saw-scaled vipers are found in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, the Middle East and some dry regions of Africa. These snakes twist and coil and then rub their body sections against each other. They do it to make a “sizzling” sound as a warning when they see a danger. These vipers are small but their easily irritating nature and extremely deadly venom make them very dangerous.
Banded kraits are also found in the South East Asia and are the biggest species of kraits. They can grow up to a maximum length of 2.7 meters. They have a very bright yellow and black colored skin. Some herpetologists say that the branded kraits are the most venomous snakes in all of South Asia and even more deadly than the cobras!
Fer de Lance
Fer de Lance also known as the bothrops asper belongs to the pit viper species of snakes. These snakes are native from southern Mexico to northern South America. It lives mostly in the lowlands and is often seen in the human habitations hence causes a lot of deaths.
Now that you know how deadly these snakes can be, make sure to not wander around in an abandoned neighborhood or in the woods alone. Be safe! 🙂