Top 10 Deadliest Snakes in the World

6.Inland Taipan

Inland Taipan
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The Inland Taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus), also known as the Small Scaled Snake or Fierce Snake, is native to Australia and is the most venomous land snake on Earth. It is a species of Taipan belonging to the Elapidae family. Although highly venomous, it is very shy and secretive, preferring to escape from trouble, biting only if threatened.
The Inland Taipan prefers the dry, arid climate of the Australian outback. It lives primarily in small abandoned rat burrows were it stays during the day to escape the intense heat. The Inland Taipan hunts during the early morning so that it avoids the heat of the day in the numerous small cracks and dry riverbeds, common areas for unsuspecting rodents. The Inland Taipan is a top apex predator and uses its habitat well. It traps various smaller organisms in the small cracks and crevasses to catch its prey.

The most toxic venom of any snake. Maximum yield recorded (for one bite) is 110mg. That would porbably be enough to kill over 100 people or 250,000 mice. With an LD50 of 0.01 mg/kg, it is about 10 times as venomous as a Mojave rattlesnake and 750 times as venomous as a common cobra. Inland Taipan a.k.a Fierce Snakes are known to live in holes, and feed on small rodents such as mice and rats. Despite its name, Fierce Snakes are not known to be particularly aggressive, but docile. They will strike if provoked, however, injecting their incomparably toxic venom.No fatalities have been attributed to this species, and all known bites have been to people who keep them in captivity or actively seek them out in the wild.

(From 10)

Venom: 10

Fatalities: 3

Personality: 7

Aggressiveness: 3

Total: 23


7. Australian Brown Snake

(Pseudonaja textilis ), Australia. One 1/14,000 of an ounce of this vemon is enough to kill a person. The Eastern Brown Snake (Pseudonaja textilis) – sometimes referred to as the Common Eastern Brown Snake is the world’s second most venomous land snake, native to Australia and may also be found on the peninsulas of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Eastern Brown Snakes are very fast moving and highly aggressive. When agitated, they will hold their necks high, appearing in a somewhat upright S-shape. The snake will occasionally chase an aggressor and strike at it repeatedly.
The Eastern Brown snake is diurnal (meaning it is active during the day). When highly agitated, they hold their necks high, appearing in an upright S-shape. But despite their fearsome reputation, brown snakes are reluctant to bite and react only to movement; standing still when in close proximity to one will result in it ignoring you. They are attracted to rural and farming areas, probably due to the large numbers of associated rodents. Such areas also normally provide shelter in the form of rubbish and other cover. he Eastern Brown Snake is the second most venomous land snake in the world after the Inland Taipan. Their venom is very toxic, and can be fatal; even juveniles have caused human fatalities. The venom contains both neurotoxins and blood coagulants.Eastern Brown Snakes are also aggressive. Compared to most snakes that will flee when ever possible, Brown Snakes are much more likely to stand their ground, heightening the danger in an encounter. Without medical treatment, death is highly likely.
(From 10)
Venom: 9

Fatalities: 3

Personality: 6

Aggressiveness: 4

Total: 22/40


8.Tiger Snake

Tiger Snake
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Tiger snakes are a type of venomous serpent found in southern regions of Australia, including its coastal islands and Tasmania. These snakes are highly variable in their color  often banded like those on a tiger, and forms in their regional occurrences.
Tiger snakes possess a potent neurotoxin (notexin), coagulants, haemolysins and myotoxins, and rank among the deadliest snakes in the world. Symptoms of a bite include localized pain in the foot and neck region, tingling, numbness, and sweating, followed by a fairly rapid onset of breathing difficulties and paralysis. While antivenom is effective, mortality rate for this species is over 60% if not treated.

(From 10)

Venom: 6

Fatalities: 4

Personality: 7

Aggressiveness: 3

Total: 20


9.Python (Burmese)

Pythons are non-venomous snakes. The Burmese Python (Python molurus bivittatus) is the largest subspecies of the Indian Python and one of the 6 largest snakes in the world, native to a big variation of tropic and subtropic areas of Southern  and Southeast Asia. They are often found near water and are sometimes semi-aquatic, but can also be found in trees. Wild individuals average 3.7 meters (12 ft) long,[1][2] but may reach up to 5.8 meters (19 ft).
Like all snakes, Burmese Pythons are carnivorous. Their diet consists primarily of appropriately sized birds and mammals. The snake uses its sharp rearward-pointing teeth to seize its prey, then wraps its body around the prey at the same time contracting its muscles, killing the prey by constriction. They are often found near human habitations due to the presence of rats, mice and other vermin as a food source. However, their equal affinity for domesticated birds and mammals means that they are often treated as a pest. In captivity their diet consists primarily of commercially available, appropriately sized rats, and moving up to larger items such as rabbits and poultry as they grow. Exceptionally large pythons may even require larger food items such as pigs or goats, and are known to have attacked alligators in Florida, where it is an invasive species

(From 10)

Venom: 0

Fatalities: 1

Personality: 10

Aggressiveness: 7

Total: 18


10.The Common Death Adder

Common Death Adder
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(Acanthophis antarcticus), is a species of Death Adder native to Australia. It is one of the most venomous land snakes in Australia and the world. Unlike its sister species of Death Adders, the Common Death Adder is common and is not under major threat.

The Common Death Adder occurs over much of eastern and coastal southern Australia – Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. It may also be found more scarce in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and the west parts of South Australia, due to its sister species of Death Adders (eg. Desert Adder).

Common Death Adders eat small mammals and birds as a primary diet. Unlike other snakes, the Common Death Adder lies in wait for its prey (often for many days) until a meal passes. It covers itself with leaves — making itself inconspicuous — and lies coiled in ambush, twitching its yellowish grub-like tail close to its head as a lure. When an animal approaches to investigate the movement, the death adder quickly strikes, injecting its venom and then waiting for the victim to die before eating it. This ambush hunting makes the death adder more of a threat to humans.

The Common Death Adder is the world’s fifth most venomous snake and probably the fastest of all Australian snakes when it comes to striking a victim. Death Adders are an ambush predator and while other snakes may attempt to flee if a human comes near a Death Adder is unlikely to, increasing the danger if not noticed.

(From 10)

Venom: 7

Fatalities: 1

Personality: 5

Aggressiveness: 1

Total: 15

15 thoughts on “Top 10 Deadliest Snakes in the World

  1. Black Mamba is beautiful, especially when he opens its mouth.

    But they have not mentioned King Cobra, should be there at Number 2.

  2. Your photos are off. That’s not a Russel’s viper. The ‘Burmese python’ is actually a Reticulated python in the photograph. I suggest you check your information as well. Pythons are ALL non-venomous, not ‘usually’.

  3. Nice job. I was wondering when someone would put the Russel’s viper near the top. It kills a lot of children.
    In the United States, the Tiger rattler has the most toxic venom, more so than the Coral snake. Most toxic of any land snake in the America’s.
    Not nearly as dangerous as the Fer de Lance or other highly aggressive snakes such as the Mambas.

  4. Hi there,don’t wanna comment on the list above,except to the extent that I caught a Mozambique Spitting Cobra in my house today,it was a juvenile of approx 25centimeters long,and extremely aggresive,I caught it with a stick and a plastic container,spoke to an expert and he says a female had her babies close by and there should be more.We have a lot of frogs here,I live on a farm in South Africa and this is the second snake in a week that was caught in the house,the first was a Rooilippie(Redlip),not sure of the correct name,using the common household name.I still have the cobra in the container.Thanks for a great article!

  5. the blood of a lamb is the perfect antidote to the poisonous venom of snakes, when combined with the poison the bloods antibodies immediately set to work and neutralise the poison…… only God could come up with that one, and Jesus was the perfect sacrifice shedding His blood for the sin (poison) in our lives, thank you Jesus xxx Revelation 12v11 they overcame by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony.

  6. Actually, you’re wrong.
    if blood of a lamb is injected into the human body your body’s immune systems immidiately attack the foreign blood, causing your blood to clot up and you die.
    If you ingest it, it does absolutely nothing.
    Lets see you get bitten by a venomous snake, I dare you to use blood of a lamb as an anti-venom. See how fast you end up at god’s door.

  7. i love… snakes.. i just .. love.. them …. spcly…. king cobra.. rock python .. and… black mamba,,,,

  8. I don’t know about lambs blood but I would like to hear more about electric shock treatment. I came across a gent who’d spent most of his life trampling around Africa and had successfully treated snake bite with a car battery (don’t ask me how) by shocking the course of the poison along the vein. Obviously only as an alternate when medical help was not at hand. He had two separate but similar bites treated both ways and the traditional ‘hospital’ treatment rendered a worse result.

    I like the way you’ve rated the snakes, afterall it comes down to how likely is a bite, and how quick and lethal is the poison.

  9. Indian common Krait are extremely venomous. A little amount of poison can cause death. 4 times venomous than cobra Krait are nocturnal in nature and bite people sleeping in hot summers in India. It’s bite is not painful and so people die of misconception

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