25 Of The World’s Most Venomous Snakes

Ever wondered what the most venomous snakes in the world are? Some of the most dangerous bites in the animal kingdom come from snakes. Although not all snakes are venomous, the ones that are have the potential to inflict a death sentence within 30 minutes.

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, nausea, numbness, and organ failure. It’s a relatively painful way to die. Even though we have developed anti-venom, which is responsible for the survival of many who are bitten each year, 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 you should heed if you ever come across one. That is if you value your life.

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Bothrops Asper


The Bothrops Asper is a nocturnal snake found in a wide range of lowland habitats, often near human dwellings. Its proximity to humans is likely the reason why it is considered quite dangerous especially in the country of Costa Rica where its responsible for almost fifty percent of snake bites. This is a highly irritable and fast snake that humans would do best to stay far away from!


Russell’s Viper

Russells viperSource: http://umich.edu/~elements/web_mod/viper/introduction.htm

The Russell’s viper is one of the most dangerous snakes in all of Asia. It’s responsible for thousands of deaths annually.  This snake’s bite causes a whole host of debilitating symptoms including swelling, nausea, and kidney failure. Definitely not a serpent anyone should mess with!


Forest Cobra

Forest CobraSource: http://africanreptiles-venom.co.za/2018/03/01/forest-cobra-naja-melanoleuca/

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 its hood, and hissing loudly. Bites to humans are less common than other cobras, but a bite from this species is still a life-threatening emergency.


Coastal Taipan

Coastal-TaipanSource: https://australianmuseum.net.au/learn/animals/reptiles/coastal-taipan/

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; its venom will most likely kill you within a few minutes.


Dubois’s Sea Snake

Dubois Sea SnakeSource: https://www.arkive.org/reef-shallows-sea-snake/aipysurus-duboisii/

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 delivers less than one-tenth of a milligram, which is usually not enough to kill a human.

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