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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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.
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.’
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.
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