Most venomous snakes in the world

Snakes are some of the most dangerous creatures on the planet. Experts estimate that more than 90,000 people a year might be killed by snake venom. Anywhere from 1.2 million to 5.5 million people receive snake bites, but only about one-fourth of those bites are venomous; venom differs from poison in that it is harmful only if injected into the blood stream, not from skin contact or ingestion. 

Here are the top ten most venomous and deadly snakes in the world, from least to most venomous.

The Saw-Scaled Viper: This snake lives in desert areas north of the equator. They range in size from one to three feet. The nocturnal snakes eat mammals, birds, lizards, amphibians, and even other snakes.

The King Brown Snake: This snake, native to Australia, is not actually a part of the brown snake family. It, weirdly, is a part of the black snake family. They eat birds, small mammals, frogs, lizards, and snakes, and can grow to be as long as 10 feet.

The Black Mamba: The Mamba hails from sub-Saharan Africa, where it averages between 6.6-8.2 feet. It feasts primarily on small mammals and birds. 

The Common Lancehead: This fierce predator calls tropical South America home. The snake eats birds, lizards, and smaller snakes. They can grow to be up to six feet long.

The King Cobra: The King Cobra is one of the best-known snakes. They can reach up to 18 feet in length, but are 13 feet on average. King cobras are shy, and don’t usually attack humans, but the amount of venom they can release in a single bite is enough to kill 20 people.

The Russell’s Viper: This snake is found in Asia. They grow to be about five feet long. They tend to inhabit farmland, which means that they run into (and attack) a lot of humans.

The Coastal Taipan: Native to Australia, this snake can grow to be nearly seven feet long. It prefers a diet of small mammals. The snake doesn’t usually attack humans, but when it does its venom is extremely deadly.

The Barba Amarilla: This snake, related to the Common Lancehead, is located in tropical America and Asia. It grows to be four to seven feet long.

The Puff Adder: Don’t let the cute name fool you. This snake is extremely dangerous. It is three to five feet long and eats frogs, birds, and small mammals. It tends to stick around instead of fleeing when approached, so watch out!

The Papuan Taipan: The Papuan Taipan is the most dangerous snake in the world. Luckily, it only lives in southern New Guinea! The venom prevents blood clotting, causing lots of bleeding from a bite. That is, if you’re lucky enough to survive!