While there are many people who love snakes and often keep them as pets, snakes easily rank as some of the most feared creatures on earth, and this is not surprising. Some snakes are extremely dangerous due to their ability to kill with their venomous strikes. Snakes do not however attack unless they are provoked or disturbed. Being bitten by a deadly poisonous snake is sometimes the worst thing that can happen to anyone, particularly when there is no urgent and proper medical care. Here is a rank of the top 10 deadliest snakes based on their poison. This ranking is based on well documented evidence.
Tiger Snake (Notechis Scutatus)
This is a dangerous snake found in Australia where it’s very common and frequently attacks humans. The snake has very poisonous neurotoxic venom and readily attacks any intruder when provoked. Tiger snakes are native in Australia, Bass Strait, Tasmania and New Guinea.
Multibanded Krait (Bungarus Multicinctus)
The world’s number 9 most poisonous snake is rare, active at night and has a deadly neurotoxin which it uses mostly on fishermen. The snake is common is Taiwan and Southern China where it’s found hunting for fish in aquatic environments.
Yellow Jawed Tommygoff ( Bothrops Asper)
This is another easily irritable snake that will strike even with slight disturbance. The highly precise snake has caused many deaths. The snake has highly potent hemotoxic and ctyotoxic venom that causes massive tissue destruction. The snake is found throughout South America.
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis Polylepis)
The world’s number 7 most poisonous snake ranks as the most aggressive and fastest snake, reaching speeds of up to 20 Km/hr. This is the most toxic and dreaded snake in Africa. Its venom is highly neurotoxic and death is 100% certain if no medical intervention is given. The snake can grow to more than 4 meters and is commonly found in Savannas around Africa.
Russell’s Viper (Vipera Russellii)
Russell Viper is the world’s sixth most poisonous snake. It’s abundantly found in its ecosystem and has caused more human deaths than any other poisonous snake. The snake is known for its precise strikes that inject powerful hemotoxic venom in the victim. The snake inhabits dense rain forests and farmlands in Sri Lanka, South China, Java, Malaysia and other surrounding areas.
King Cobra (Ophiophagus Hannah)
This is the world’s largest venomous snake and one of the most intelligent. It rarely bites humans. It feeds almost exclusively on other non poisonous snakes. Due to its size, the King Cobra injects more venom (a powerful neurotoxin) than any other snake. Death is almost assured if no medical attention is received. King Cobra mainly inhabits dense Asian forests.
Philippine Cobra (Naja Philippinensis)
The Philippine Cobra is the world’s fourth most poisonous snake or third most poisonous on land. The snake can easily be recognized by its hood. The snake is commonly used by snake charmers for its immediate reaction to visual cues. The snake can be found anywhere in the Philippines, from the jungle, open fields, to inhabited areas.
Comman Indian Krait (Bungarus Caeruleus)
Comman Indian Krait ranks as the world’s third most poisonous snake. About half of its bites are usually fatal even with urgent medical intervention. The snake is active at night and, therefore, commonly bites its victims when accidentally stepped on. With venom that is 15 times potent than that of a common cobra, the Indian Krait is ranked as the most poisonous snake in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
Inland Taipan (Oxyuranus Microlepidotus)
The Inland Taipen is the world’s most poisonous land snake. A bite from it almost always results into death. Victims die in few hours if they don’t get prompt medical attention. Taipans are very docile creatures but will quickly become aggressive when disturbed without warning. Most inland Taipans inhabit the savanna grasslands of Australia.
Belcher’s Sea Snake (Hydrophis Belcheri)
The Belcher’s Sea Snake has the most venomous content on the planet. A few mgs (milligrams) of its venom can kill over a thousand people. However, the snake releases the venom in less than ¼ of its bites. The Belcher’s Sea Snake only measures 0.5 to 1 meter and is generally docile. The snake can be found in waters around South East Asia and Northern parts of Australia.