Most people fear and hate reptiles and insects, but love birds and furry animals and birds. Snakes are arguably the most feared and hated creatures of the world, sentiments that are inherent even from religion. Human beings are more susceptible to snake attacks, mainly because snakes have the ability to camouflage and slither closer to victims, and unfortunately pack potent venom. We pick out ten of the world’s deadliest venomous snakes, lethal to the point that air ambulance services are necessary for the survival of victims, serpents that still slither around. Although most of the snakes listed originate from islands, a few might be indigenous to your locality.
The Black Tiger Snake
Today, medical insurance coverage and advanced medical transport are necessities in Australia, this is mainly because it is a land filled with the most beautiful, albeit deadly and dangerous forms of life, and for individuals afraid of the dangers of Mother Nature, traveling to Australia would be unwise. Existing in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes, the Black Tiger Snake can cause fatalities in human being half an hour after an attack, thanks to a lethal dosage of venom combined with an ominous appearance, with consequent deaths commonly occurring inside a 6-24 hour window. A bite by a Black Tiger Snake will leave one feeling sweaty, tingly and numb, and an immediate injection of antivenin from a doctor of medicine offers the most favorable possibilities of recovery. Thankfully, Black Tiger snakes will more often than not, promptly slither away upon encountering human beings, but become aggressive and can easily attack when cornered.
Among the ten listed, the rattlesnake, technically of the Pit Viper genus, is the only snake indigenous to North America, and thanks to the rattling tail as well as its appearance in pop culture, it is among the most iconic snakes worldwide. Rattlesnakes commonly hunt birds, small rodents, and lizards, but packs venom toxic enough to kill just about any creature, in addition to an ability to strike from a distance equal to two-thirds of their body length. Despite rattling sounds warning of a readiness to strike, Rattlesnakes prefer to avoid contact with human beings and tend to flee unless they feel cornered. Fortunately, quick treatment of Rattlesnake bites by any doctor of medicine significantly minimizes the possibilities of death.
3. Death Adder
Of course, the Death Adder is indigenous to Australia, where a life insurance quote pertaining to a particular insurance policy is a necessity today, especially seeing the dangers that lurk all around this beautiful part of the world. This serpent can also be found in New Guinea, and some of its surrounding islands, and is considered to be quite deadly as a result of its potent venom, even though rather than being an active hunter, this serpent ambushes by patiently waiting for prey to cross its path. This tactic works perfectly; fallen leaves effectively camouflage this snake, rendering it almost invisible. A bite from the Death Adder causes a minor discomfort, which leads to paralysis and eventually to respiratory failure, all within a duration of six hours. Bites that go untreated for between 24-48 hours usually cause death. A Total recovery from the Death Adder bite is thankfully possible, especially after treatment using antivenin. It is additionally important to note that the Death Adder is arguably the fastest striking snake worldwide, and should therefore be avoided or viewed from a distance.
4. King Cobra
The King Cobra is common throughout Asia, and can easily be found in the Indian jungles. Apart from being quite famous, the King Cobra is the world’s longest venomous snake, and grows to a possible 18.8 feet in length. Within its classification, this snake is unique, particularly since it is not a “true cobra” and remains the sole member of its sub genus. Although this snake primarily hunts and feeds on other snakes, rodents and lizards, its venom contains enough neurotoxin to paralyze and even kill an adult elephant within a few hours, and without immediate medical attention, the survival rate for human beings after a King Cobra’s bite is approximated at 40 percent.
5. Russell’s Viper
In its entire genus, only one species exists, and although indigenous to Southeast Asia, this snake can be found throughout Asia. The Russell’s Viper, considered among India’s ‘Big Four’, was named after Patrick Russell, a herpetologist. This serpent is also known as the Daboia, and due to its habitual proximity to highly populated areas, combined with an aggressive nature, is considered one of the world’s deadliest snakes. Studies have revealed that in terms of the hiss, the Russell’s Viper is the loudest snake, information that we regrettably cannot offer first hand verification about. The Daboia primarily hunts and feeds on small rodents, scorpions, lizards, and birds, with its young ones being cannibalistic, a trait almost exclusive to the spider family.
6. The Indian Cobra
You are strongly advised against travelling to India without a life insurance policy, seeing as India is one of the world’s most snake-infested countries, a place where the use of advanced medical transport systems such as an air ambulance, might significant improve life expectancy. The Indian Cobra, one of India’s ‘Big Four’ and among the most deadly snakes on the planet, is responsible for the majority of snakebites on human beings in India. The Indian Cobra, often used by snake charmers all over Asia, holds a high stature in India, mainly due to its inclusion in Indian culture and mythology. The proximity of this snake to human settlements in Indian is the most likely reason why the snake continually ranks top among the most active biting serpents of the world. The Indian Cobra often bites repeatedly; paralyzing movement in the victim’s nerves, which then leads to respiratory failures and occasionally, heart attacks. Despite the deadly characteristics, people in India voluntarily flock villages to get bitten by young Indian Cobras, merely seeking the euphoric and sedative feeling that follows a bite.
7. Saw Scaled Viper
On top of the continual violence in the Middle East, the Saw Scaled Viper is another cause of fatalities. These aggressive, exceedingly fast, and nocturnal saw scaled vipers are common in China, India, and most parts of Asia, and a bite from this snake immediately causes unbearable pain, which quickly leads to swelling and eventually to bleeding from the victim’s mouth. Once bitten, blood pressures plummet and heart rates slow, plus victims will most likely be in pain for as long as four to five weeks thereafter. Fatalities can occur within a day, especially without proper medical attention, and victims can also suffer for about two weeks before dying out.
8. The Common Krait
The Common Krait is also one of India’s ‘Big Four’, and grows to lengths between three and five feet. This snake is considered one of the most dangerous serpents on earth and features a very flat head while appearing to have no neck. The Common Krait is known to alter its ferocity quite regularly. This snake mostly hides during the day and reacts rather slow once encountered in the daylight, however, the Common Krait becomes quickly agitated at night and will rarely hesitate before attacking. Untreated Krait bites can cause muscle paralysis, damage to the nerves, and even brain damage.
9. The Inland Taipan
When it comes to venom, the Inland Taipan is undisputedly the deadliest among the ten listed snakes. The mixture of neurotoxin and taipoxin causes inability to breathe, paralysis, intense muscle damage, and blood hemorrhaging. Fortunately, as a result of the relegation of this snake to inland Australia, it is quite rare, though an encounter with one is something we would rather avoid even though the Inland Taipan is a shy and reclusive creature that mostly opts to flee rather than attack. It is unlikely for an adult human being to last for more than between 30 to 45 minutes once bitten by an Inland Taipan, unless immediate treatment is administered.
10. The Black Mamba
Because of its speed, proximity to human settlements, striking ferocity, and density of toxicity, the Black Mamba is among the leading causes of death throughout Africa, making it among the most deadly snakes on earth. Black Mamba’s have the ability to bite 12 times in succession, with each of the bites delivering massive quantities of neurotoxin. The amount of venom a Black Mamba pumps into victims in a single bite is enough to kill 25 times over, and if untreated, the fatality rate is almost at 100 percent, mostly occurring within 15 minutes.