What is the most venomous snake in the world?
The answer to this question is not as cut and dry as it seems. What exactly determines how dangerous a snake is? Do you go by deaths, or perhaps how aggressive the snake is? How about toxicity?
Is there a single snake that can be considered the most venomous snake in the world?
#1. Inland Taipan
Many leading authorities seem to agree that the best answer, at least in terms of venom toxicity, is the Inland Taipan, sometimes known as the Fierce Snake. This Australian snake is considered as most venomous land snake in the world. The Inland Taipan can deliver 110 mg of venom in a single bite. That is 750 times more deadly than the cobra! It’s one bite can kill an adult human within 30 minutes. Sudden death is almost certain after it’s bite, due to fast blood clot and one drop of venom would do to kill 100 adult healthy men within minutes. Fortunately, this species is not particularly aggressive, and while it is the most venomous, there have been no deaths linked to it. In fact, the only bites on record are from people who seek out the snake in the wild or keep them in captivity.
Watch this video. A man feeding Inland Taipan.
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#2. King Cobra. The King Of All Snakes.
This snake is the largest known venomous land snake on the planet. If the antivenom treatment is not taken immediately, it’s highly dangerous neurotoxic and cardiotoxic venom can kill a strong healthy man in 20 to 30 minutes. King cobra can injuct large quantity of venom [ 200 – 500 mg sometimes upto 7 ml ] in a single bite. A sudden death follows in minutes after it’s bite. King Cobra is very intelligent and highly aggressive snake. It can grow upto 18 feet long. King Cobra usually eats another snakes for his lunch, so it got his generic name ” Ophiophagus” or snake-eater.
Watch this live video. An expert snake handler catching the king of snakes – King Cobra. The scenes in this video, taken from southern part of India. You can safely watch the king without going to zoo or a snake museum.
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There are many factors that can determine how dangerous a snake is.
The first clue is to look at the snake’s habitat, and how likely a person is to come into contact with a particular snake. Many lists of “most venomous snake” completely omit any sea snake from their results simply because the likelihood of a person coming into contact with one of these snakes is very slim, and the odds are even lower of the interaction resulting in a bite. In addition, these snakes are shy and difficult to observe, and many of them are still a complete mystery to scientists.
The Australian brown snake is a strong contender for “most venomous,” simply due to the fact that they frequent many of the same areas that people choose to live. In addition to being highly venomous, the Eastern brown snake (a subspecies of the Australian brown) is quite aggressive. This means they are responsible for many bites per year, and are even known to bite their target repeatedly when disturbed.
The coral snake also frequently tops lists of the “most venomous,” and for good reason. Because of the nature of their fangs, they tend to hold their victims for a longer period of time than snakes with retractable fangs, delivering a larger dose of venom. In addition, the neurotoxin that is injected does not cause a great deal of immediate pain, despite its potential lethality. This can cause a person to delay getting essential treatment. However coral snakes are notoriously shy, and most bites are the result of handling the snake by curious hikers or gardeners.
Snakes are a fascinating group of animals, and despite their fearsome reputation, should not be feared. If you come across a snake in the wild, simply give it some space and leave it alone. The snake will likely do the same and you can admire it from a safe distance before continuing with your day.
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