The five most dangerous snakes

There are a few thousand different species of snake spread across the world and of these, there are about 600 species that are considered venomous. These snakes inject their prey with venom through the specialized fangs. Just one bite from these venomous snakes can shut down your bodily organs like the heart, lungs and your central nervous system.

There are three types of venom in which different species of snakes carry which are neurotoxic, hemotoxic and myotoxic. Here we will explain some of the most venomous and most dangerous snakes in the world.

• Inland Taipan

This is by far one of the most deadliest snakes in existence. These usually grow up to two meters and can be found in the dry plains and grasslands of Central Australia. Even though this snake is extremely deadly, when threatened it would rather escape than bite, normally this snake will only attack when threatened or cornered.

Its venom is 200 to 400 times as toxic as most rattlesnakes and one bite from the Taipan to a human could result in death in as little as 45 minutes. The Taipan can be noted as being dark brown in the winter to olive green in the summer with usually quite a lot of black between scales. 

• King Brown Snake

The king brown snake can grow up from two to three meters and can be found in the forests and deserts of Australia. The king browns that can be found in the forests are dark brown or reddish colour, while the ones living in the desert will be a light brown. They will normally feed on frogs and small mammals. The females can produce anywhere from eight eggs but there is no care to them once laid.

• Tiger Snake

Tiger snakes get their name from their colouring. Their colours vary from snake to snake but the colours are always banded similar to that of the tiger. They can grow up to seven feet in length and are extremely dangerous to humans. Before attacking they will warn the aggressor first by taking a few strikes with its mouth closed. Anything that doesn’t take notice of this warning soon realises why they should have. It’s main habitat is that of the coastal areas of Australia. 

• Sea Kraits

These are normally not aggressive to humans however their venom is 10 times more toxic than that of the king cobra. These snakes have adapted very well to living in the sea as well as living on land. They can grow up to be about 11 feet in length and can be found throughout the south and southeast Asian islands. They have a diet of mostly eels and fish and contain one of the most dangerous venoms in the world. 

• Death Adder

These can be found in Northern America in many of the woodlands and often near water supplies. This species of snake is just like most pit vipers when hunting. It will sit and wait for its prey and then pounce and kill. These will normally leave when humans are around as they would rather get away from danger, however, they sometimes freeze which has resulted in bites to humans in the past when unknowingly trodden on.