This Australian native is the most poisonous snake in the world. The venom from one bite is enough to kill 100 fully grown men in 45mins! Even though this snake is terrifyingly dangerous it’s rare for humans to be bitten and in the few cases that have occurred, anti-venom treatment has been successful. Phew!
Small rodents, mammals and birds, however are not so lucky.The Inland Tapian also known as the ‘Fierce Snake,’ kills its prey with a single strike so there’s no chance of them making a run for it. It also transforms colour with the seasons from dark brown to an olive-green to help regulate its body temperature.
This snake is so dangerous that according to Ancient Roman sources it was this snake which killed the Egyptian ruler Cleopatra with its venomous bite! These highly intelligent snakes can inject almost 2 teaspoons of venom in one bite which is enough to kill up to 20 adults!
King Cobra’s are highly aggressive and can lose their cool very easily; sometimes a sudden movement is enough to provoke this killer snake. You’ll know when you’ve annoyed a King Cobra; it doesn’t hiss, it growls!
These snakes can grow to up to 18ft (imagine 18 puppies queuing up behind each other) which also makes them the longest venomous snake on Earth. Luckily you won’t find a King Cobra in our neck of the woods as they are mostly found in South East Asia & parts of India.
The Reticulated Python can catch and kill anything it wants including humans, yikes!
This Southeast Asian snake is very fast even though it can grow up to 28ft long-twice the size of the King Cobra- and can weigh a hefty 100 pounds making it the longest non-venomous snake!
The Reticulated Python can open it’s jaws wide enough to swallow a human but luckily for us they would rather feed on pigs, chickens and the Macaque monkey. They are deadly ambush hunters, which means they wait sneakily until prey wanders within strike range then move in for the kill.
But these snakes won’t kill their prey with their venom, they’d rather coil around their prey and strangle them to death! The picture below show's a large snake but they can grow up to twice this size.
The Black Mamba is one of Africa’s most ferocious snakes. It uses its fork like tongue to smell intruders and has a bite so lethal it’s known as the kiss of death.
These snakes actually come in a variety of colors from pale grey to beige; it’s the striking black colour on the inside of their mouths which has earned them the name Black Mamba.
At 12.5mph they are also the fastest slithering serpents on earth. They attack their prey with numerous bites and are more likely to strike than any other snake. Watch out!
The Saw-scaled viper species also known as Echis Carinatus are responsible for causing the most snake bite deaths. This is because of their regualr occurrence in highly populated regions such as Central Asia.
Their subtle nature also helps them to blend in with their surroundings. At around 60cm they are also quite small but don't be fooled by their size, this ill-tempered snake will attack any intruder. So why ar these snakes called Saw-Scaled Vipers? It's because they rub their scales together to make a saw-lik warning sound when trespassers get to close!
Common Brown Snake
It might be called common but there’s nothing common about this Australian snake. It’s ferocious, fast and the second most poisonous snake in the world!
They would rather slither away when approached but when cornered they hold their necks high and stand in an upright S-shape ready for attack. They have small fangs but are deadly enough to kill frogs,lizards, birds, rodents and just like the Blue Krait they will also eat other snakes! After repeatedly striking, th Common Brown will hold on to its prey until the venom takes effect.
The effects on humans when bitten include vomiting, stomach cramps and severe dizziness.
This Asian serpent was named in honor of Patrick Russell who was the first to describe many of India's snakes.
When threatened, it coils tightly, hisses and strikes with such super speed that its victim has no chance of escaping.
Unlike some of the other snakes on our list they won’t strike unless they are pushed beyond a certain limit, then you’re in trouble! The venom of this snake can deliver 2 to 3 times the lethal venom dose which means even if you do survive the deadly bite there can be lifelong complications. This particular snake has a flattened head with large nostrils and can grow as long as 1.7 meters.
The Blue Krait
Some snakes would rather feast on rodents but not the Blue Krait- it would rather hunt and kill other snakes including its own species! They are a nocturnal species and appear to be more aggressive under the cover of darkness.
It has been estimated that around 50% of all bites from the Blue Krait resulted in human death – even when a dose of anti-venom was given
The Rattlesnake has a mysterious background as the Ancient Maya considered them to be a a "vision serpent" that acted as a conduit to the otherworld. They are part of the pit-viper species that have two pits under their nostrils. These nostrils detect heat and allow them to hunt warm-blooded prey. In fact, the pits are so sensitive, the snake can determine the size of their prey from a distance.
The rattle on the end of their tails has been said to be warning device to threatening predators. They also have thermal detectors which helps to add to the skill of these hunters.
A dose of anti-venon must be given swiftly to any person bitten by a Rattlesnake as most human deaths occur between 6 to 48 hours after the bite!
Blue Malaysian Coral Snake
This colourful and vibrant snake is also amongst the most lethal serpents in the world. The Blue Malaysian Coral snake mainly operates at night and despite its colorful appearance it still manages to go un-noticed by unlucky passers-by.It turns upside down to show its red belly as a warning to predators whilst using its tail to mimic a head to confuse enemies.
The snake gorges on other snakes but here's the most dangerous part. Humans feel little or no symptons when bitten by the coral snake, however, as time goes on, the victim ma feel numbness near the wound and lips, followed by difficulty breathing and possible death. Yikes!