There are 600 species of venomous snakes in the world. well, the good news is that only 200 can do real damage to humans according to the World Health Organization. below are the nine deadliest;

9. The black mamba

Black or black-mouthed mamba, I think most of us have heard or seen this snake before. it seems to be very fond of termite mounds. It ranges in color from gray- the one I have encountered to brown. It gets its name from the color inside its mouth. it is large and quick with highly potent venom that kills most of its human victims. Despite its aggressive reputation, unprovoked attacks on humans have not been proved.

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recognize the black mouth?

8. The barba amarilla

Commonly known as the yellow chin snake. it is an aggressive snake that often enters human living spaces. The venom of this snake is necrotizing, painful and often deadly.

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yellow or brown the patterns and the yellow chin do not lie.

7. Boomslang snake

Its name is quick a mouthful. This is one of the most dangerous snakes in Africa, it is also a rear fanged snake. It is known for chewing on to its victim until the victim succumbs to the toxins.

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It can be green or white- check out the patterns on its back.

6. The tiger snake

Also known as the quintessential Australian cobra. The name just makes me quiver in fear. This is the most widely distributed type of tiger snake. As it prepares to strike, it will flatten its head in a similar manner to the Asian and African cobras. they can cause severe envenomation which will cause renal damage and failure, Muscle damage and defibrination with blood that does not clot.

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This snake comes in many colors, the distinguishing feature is the stripes.

5. The mass killer

I decided to call this guy the mass killer because it kills more people than any other snake. It may be the deadliest of all snakes. It is responsible for more humans deaths than any other snake species combined. Its venom is lethal in less than 10% of untreated victims. due to its aggressiveness it bites often and early.

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Again the saw scaled viper comes in many colors-watch out for the body patterns.

4. The branded krait

I am very dangerous and I have a triangular- shaped cross section, who am I? This snake is a highly venomous relative of the cobra. well, basically all snakes are relatives. But we are especially giving this guy relations with the cobra due to the paralysis its bite induces.

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This guy comes in many colors even white- watch out for the black triangular cross-sections.

3. The longest venomous snake

The bite of this snake will deliver neurotoxins into the victims that will result into paralysis. the venom is so strong that it can kill an elephant in a few hours. imagine what it can do to a human if untreated? well, here’s what… 60% of untreated cases result to death in humans. The name of this guy, ‘the king cobra.’

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A cannibal with deadly venom.

2. The Coastal Taipan

This is the largest relative to the cobra in Australia. It produces venom similar to its inland cousin(the inland taipan). Its bite is always lethal to 80% of its untreated cases. So this guy is actually known for biting its victims and allowing them to stagger away.

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Almost looks like its cousin but this one is a lighter brown.

1.The snake with the world’s deadliest venom

The bite of this snake will deliver a witch’s brew of toxins. Its venom will inhibit breathing, paralyze muscles, damage muscles and cause the hemorrhaging in blood vessels and tissues. It’s name is, ‘Inland Taipan.’

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Brownish skin and yellow underbelly

Here comes the real question. How do we prevent a bite from these Snakes? How many times have we heard something like, ‘pet snake kills new born baby,’ and these sad stories? Below are the tips on how to prevent snake bites in the first place.

Do not try to handle any snake( snakes are not pets; they belong in the wild)

Avoid climbing rocks/ piles of wood where a snake may be hiding.

Stay away from tall grass and piles of leaves.

Be aware (Snakes tend to be active at night/ during warm weather).

Wear boots and long pants when you are outdoors.

Wear leather gloves when handling brush/ debris.

Barbara Michoma,

The Traveling Mindset.

Published by Barbara Michoma

I am a tour operator in Kenya. I have a degree in Tourism Management and I have my own company known as The Traveling mindset Limited which is centered on giving people a chance to experience the world in a sustainable way. I am extremely passionate about climate change, human rights, sustainable tourism, accessible tourism and meeting new people and giving them unforgettable experiences. For fun I play hockey and read all kinds of books. I have two dogs and I love animals very much. My all time hobby though, is writing and sharing my thoughts with the world.

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