21 Of The World’s Most Dangerous Snakes

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Nature is full of wonderful things- but it can also be absolutely terrifying. Take for, example, the humble snake.

21 Of The World's Most Dangerous Snakes


This legless, slithering creature should not be as frightening as it is but with so many dangerous breeds and venomous offshoots they can be fearsome foes. Here we catalog 21 of the fiercest and deadliest.

1. Black Mamba

Found in Africa and named because of the coloration around their mouths, these snakes can kill with one bite, which is worrying since typically they deliver a series of bites in rapid succession.

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21 Of The World's Most Dangerous Snakes


Its venom can cause collapse within 45 minutes and will kill within 7 – 15 hours if not treated.

2. Rattlesnake

Named because of the sound it makes to warn that it feels threatened, it shakes its rattling tail to let you know to stay away, and that is probably a good idea as their venom can destroy tissue and cause massive blood clots.

21 Of The World's Most Dangerous Snakes


What’s worse is that they can control how much venom to inject and some types of rattlesnake can paralyze you with it. Typically found in North America, they are also found in parts of South America.

3. Death Adder

The clue is in the name here. Death Adders are typically found in Australia and New Guinea and can deliver a bite that paralyzes, if this is left untreated it can cause complete respiratory failure within six hours although they are not active hunters.

21 Of The World's Most Dangerous Snakes


Preferring to lie in hiding for their prey, they use the tip of their tail, which looks somewhat like a worm, to attract rodents and birds before ambushing them.

4. Viper

Found across the globe, these snakes can be particularly dangerous due to their hollow, hinged fangs that allow them to penetrate deeply and inject their venom, the amount of which they can control.

21 Of The World's Most Dangerous Snakes


Death is usually caused by a collapse in blood pressure due to clotting and blood loss as well as other cardiovascular problems.

5. Phillippine Cobra

Native to the northern Phillippines, this snake is known for being able to spit its venom up to three meters.

21 Of The World's Most Dangerous Snakes


A neurotoxin that causes abdominal pain, diarrhea and can lead to complete respiratory failure.

6. Tiger Snake

As if snakes weren’t scary enough, this one is named after a deadly mammal because of its unique coloration.

21 Of The World's Most Dangerous Snakes


Found in Australia, they can reach up to three meters long, and a bite can kill within 30 minutes.

7. Inland Taipan

Australia seems to have a wealth of horrifying reptiles including the Inland Taipan whose bite can kill within the hour.

21 Of The World's Most Dangerous Snakes


Usually quite timid, they can be incredibly aggressive when deciding to attack. Drop for drop, the most venomous snake in the world.

8. Blue Krait

A bite from a Blue Krait with leave you feeling more than just a little blue. Of Southeast Asian origin, these beautiful but deadly creatures are found in places like India, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka.

21 Of The World's Most Dangerous Snakes


Despite their prepossessing, stripey features, they should be feared as even after treatment of their venom, it has still been known to kill.

9. Eastern Brown Snake

Considered the world’s 2nd most venomous snake, it is native to Australia, New Guinea, and Indonesia. Typically this species doesn’t issue fatal bites but it does have the power to do so, and they should be treated immediately.

21 Of The World's Most Dangerous Snakes

Because of their mainly rodent diet, they are often found near houses or farms thus making them that much more dangerous.

10. Belcher’s Sea Snake

Not regarded as very dangerous due to its timid nature and reluctance to bite unless mistreated or threatened, most people who are bitten are often fisherman handling nets, and even then the snake will not inject its venom.

21 Of The World's Most Dangerous Snakes

However, it’s venom is so powerful that it is thought that just a few milligrams of it could kill up to a thousand people.

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