25 Of The World’s Most Venomous Snakes

Posted by , Updated on March 16, 2017

Ever wondered what’s the most poisonous snake in the world? Technically snakes aren’t poisonous rather their venom kills you. In this article, we have compiled the list of the most venomous snakes in the world.

Some of the most dangerous bites are known to come from snakes. Although not all snakes are venomous, the ones that are may have the potential to inflict a death sentence within 30 minutes. This is the power of one of the world’s most venomous animals.

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, vomiting and nausea; numbness, and organ failure. It’s a relatively painful way of dying. And even though we have developed anti-venom which has been responsible for the survival of many; 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 that you should heed if you ever come across one. That is if you value your life.

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JararacaSource: animals.nationalgeographic.com, Image: Wikipedia

The Jararaca is the best-known venomous snake in the wealthy and heavily populated areas of southeastern Brazil, where it was responsible for fifty-two percent (3,446 cases) of snakebites between 1902 and 1945 (with a 0.7 percent fatality rate. That’s 25 deaths).




ViperSource: animals.nationalgeographic.com, Image: Wikipedia

Viper snakes are considered some of the most venomous reptiles in the world and they eat small animals (rats, for example), which they hunt by striking and envenomating with their deadly, paralyzing venom.


Western Green Mamba

Western Green MambaSource: animals.nationalgeographic.com, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

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 one is a highly venomous elapid species and its bite can kill several humans in a short period of time if it goes untreated.


Eastern Green Mamba

Eastern Green MambaSource: animals.nationalgeographic.com, Image: Wikipedia

Like other species of mamba, the eastern green mamba is highly venomous; a single bite can contain enough venom to kill several people. The venom acts on the nerves, heart, and muscles, and spreads quickly through tissue. Bites rapidly progress to life-threatening symptoms characteristic of mamba bites, which include swelling of the bite area, dizziness, nausea, difficulty breathing and swallowing, irregular heartbeat, convulsions, and eventual respiratory paralysis.


Many-banded Krait

Many-banded KraitSource: animals.nationalgeographic.com, Image: Wikipedia

Based on several LD50 studies, the many-banded krait is among the most venomous land snakes in the world. The species was first described by the scientist Edward Blyth in 1861, and since then it has been recognized as one of the most dangerous snakes to human beings.

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