Ever wondered what the most venomous snakes in the world are? Some of the most dangerous bites in the animal kingdom come from snakes. Although not all snakes are venomous, the ones that are have the potential to inflict a death sentence within 30 minutes.
Snakes can be anywhere, from the arid deserts of Australia to the tropical backyards of Florida residents. Those who are unfortunate enough to be bitten by snakes have described agonizing snake bite symptoms such as difficulty breathing, nausea, numbness, and organ failure. It’s a relatively painful way to die. Even though we have developed anti-venom, which is responsible for the survival of many who are bitten each year, if not treated, bites from venomous snakes can still claim lives. From Russell’s Viper to the Black Mamba, these are 25 of the world’s most venomous snakes.
And just to be clear, most if not all venomous snakes are not out to get you. More often than not, they just want to be left alone. A desire you should heed if you ever come across one. That is if you value your life.
The Jararaca is a venomous snake that lives in the wealthy and heavily populated areas of southeastern Brazil. Though they primarily make their habitat in dense evergreen and deciduous tropical forests, the Jararaca bite in urban settings are well-documented. It causes swelling, systemic bleeding from skin, and in severe cases, death due to shock.
The Viperidae family of snakes are considered some of the most venomous reptiles in the world. They generally eat small rodents which they hunt by striking and envenomating with deadly, paralyzing neurotoxins. In cases of bites to humans, vipers sometimes extend their fangs without releasing any venom to deliver a “dry bite” so their venom reserves aren’t depleted.
Western Green Mamba
The Western Green Mamba is a very alert, nervous, and extremely agile snake that lives mainly in the coastal tropical rain forest, thicket, and woodland regions of western Africa. Like all the other mambas, the Western Green has a terrible bite. The venom can kill several humans in a short period of time if it goes untreated.
Eastern Green Mamba
Like other species of mamba, the eastern green mamba is highly venomous; a single bite contains enough venom to kill several people. The venom primarily affects the victim’s nervous system. Bites rapidly progress to life-threatening symptoms, including respiratory paralysis and cardiac arrest.
The Many-Banded Krait is among the most venomous land snakes in Asia. The species was first described by the scientist Edward Blyth in 1861. Its venom is potent enough to kill two dozen men! The snake tends to be docile, but it can attack and bite from multiple directions swiftly.