I am afraid of snakes, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’ll say it again: I am afraid of snakes, and I don’t care if they are venomous or not! They give me the chills.
There are people who actually like them and decide to get a snake as a pet. Personally I consider having a pat snake to be a little…weird but hey, it’s a free world.
It’s a known fact that snakes can kill. While some use their force to strangle their prey (and I must remind you, some snakes are huge so they can even strangle a person), others are venomous and we all know where that can lead to.
The question is, how does venom work? Why is it so dangerous? I think that the answers to these question are highly important. By knowing we can protect ourselves, or save our lives in the case an unfortunate accident happens.
This is how venom kills:
Furthermore, here is a list of the world’s most venomous snakes:
This snake is the only venomous snake in the Americas. What makes it interesting is the fact that a young rattlesnake is considered more dangerous than an adult because it can’t control the amount of venom it injects. Although his bite is fatal, if treated with antivenom in due time, the risk of death is reduced to 4%.
2. Death Adders
It can be found in New Guinea and Australia. An interesting fact about this snake is that it hunts and kills other snakes. Its bite is extremely toxic. When biting 40-100mg of venom are injected in the victim’s body. The neurotoxin can cause death within 6 hours, making the Death Adder one of the deadliest snakes on Earth. Death Adders have the fastest strike in the world, which takes from striking position to strike and back just 0.13 seconds.
This snake can be found throughout most of the planet. The most venomous Vipers are the Saw Scaled Viper and the Chain Viper, which can be found in the Middle East and Central Asia (India), China and South East Asia. Their venom is highly toxic but works slow. Death can occur between 1 and 14 days.
4. Philippine Cobras
Although most species of Cobras should bot be included on this list, the Philippine Cobra is an exception. This snake can spit venom to a distance of almost 3 meters. The neurotoxin causes death in thirty minutes by respiratory paralysis.
5. Tiger snakes
Tiger snakes can be found in Australia. The venom is deadly and can cause death within 30 minutes, but in most cases it takes between 6 to 24 hours. In general, if encountered, this snake will flee. If cornered it can become aggressive and may strike with unfailing accuracy.
6. Black Mamba
The Black Mamba can be found in Africa. This snake is known to be very aggressive, and his deadly strike can take out up to 25 adults. An interesting fact about this snake is that it can strike an astonishing 12 times in a row. It is also the fastest land snake in the world: it can reach speeds up to 20 km/h (12.5 mph).
The Taipan is another deadly australian snake. This creature’s venom can kill upto 12000 guineea by clotting the victim’s blood. If not treated with antivenom, death can occur within one hour. The neurotoxin released by this snake is so toxic that even if treated with antivenom, the victim would still have to have an extensive stay at intensive care.
8. Blue Kraits
This snake, the Blue Krait, also known as the Malayan can be found in South East Asia and Indonesia. This snake’s bite is extremely dangerous. It causes death to 50% of its victims even if the antivenom is administrated. Although deadly, the Blue Krait tends to hide rather than to attack. Compared to the Cobra’s venom, the Blue Krait’s is 16 times more potent. Death occurs within a time frime of 6 to 12 hours.
9. Eastern Brown Snakes
In order to understand how deadly this snake is, it’s important to know that just 1/14000 of an ounce of its venom can kill an adult person. This snake can be found along the major australian cities. In certain circumstances this snake can become aggressive, and jouveniles are capable of killing a human. Fortunalety, less than half of its bites contain venom so the Eastern Brown Snake prefers not to bite at all. If encountered, the best thing to do is not to stand still because this snake reacts to movement.
10. Fierce Snakes (Inland Taipan)
The Inland Taipan has the most toxic venom of any land snake in the world. In a single bite 110mg of venom are injected and because it’s extremely toxic, that quantity is enough to kill 100 humans (in comparison it’s 50 times more toxic than the Cobra’s venom). Until now no human casualties caused by this snake were recorded since the Inland Taipan is shy and rarely encountered in the wild. However, a bite can cause death in 45 minutes.