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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Bothrops Asper

Bothrops AsperSource: animals.nationalgeographic.com, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

Sometimes referred to as the “ultimate pit viper,” these snakes are found in a wide range of lowland habitats, often near human habitations. Its proximity to human habitats is likely the reason why it is considered more dangerous to humans, even though its venom isn’t as lethal as that of other snakes. This species is the main cause of snakebite incidents where it lives.


Russell’s Viper

Russell’s ViperSource: animals.nationalgeographic.com, Image: Wikipedia

The Russell’s viper is one of the most dangerous snakes in all Asia, accounting for thousands of deaths each year. Once bitten, people experience a wide variety of symptoms including pain, swelling, vomiting, dizziness, and kidney failure.


Forest Cobra

Forest CobraSource: animals.nationalgeographic.com, Image: Wikipedia

Not as notorious as its Indian “cousin,” this species is still very alert, nervous, and is considered a very dangerous snake. When it feels threatened, it will assume the typical cobra warning posture by raising the front of its body off the ground, spreading a narrow hood, and hissing loudly. Bites to humans are less common than for other African cobras due to various factors, though a bite from this species is a life-threatening emergency.


Coastal Taipan

Coastal TaipanSource: animals.nationalgeographic.com, Image: Wikipedia

The coastal taipan is often regarded as the most dangerous snake in Australia. They are extremely nervous and alert, and any movement near them is likely to trigger an attack. Like any snake, the taipan prefers to avoid conflict and will quietly slip away if given the chance; however, if surprised or cornered it will ferociously defend itself and its venom will most likely kill within a few minutes.


Dubois’s Sea Snake

Dubois’s Sea SnakeSource: animals.nationalgeographic.com, Image: Wikipedia

This treacherous swimming snake is found from the coasts of western and northern Australia to the islands of New Guinea and New Caledonia. Although the Dubois’s sea snake has one of the deadliest venoms known, its bite—thank God!—delivers less than one-tenth of a milligram, which is usually not enough to kill a human.

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