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Most Venomous Snakes in the World - Most Dangerous Snakes in the World

Updated on January 30, 2016

Watch the Inland Taipan

Inland Taipan
Inland Taipan

# 1 Inland Taipan

The Inland Taipan snake is the most venomous and most deadly snake. Almost all top venomous snake lists agree that the Inland Taipan is the top snake. The Inland Taipan Snake is located in semi-arid areas in central eastern Australia. The Inland Taipan's venom drop for drop, is by far the most toxic and deadly of any snake in the entire world. One bite from this snake and there is enough venom to kill at least 100 grown adult men. If left untreated a bite from the Inland Taipan can kill a human in 30 to 45 minutes.

The Inland Taipan is a very agile and fast snake. It is a specialized warm-blooded mammal hunter so this is why its venom is so lethal to humans. When the Inland Taipan strikes, it is extremely quick and often strikes multiple times, releasing more venom in each strike.


Most Inland Taipan Snakes will avoid humans and try to escape from danger. Also, the snakes are not very common in areas where humans live, so there are very few encounters between the Inland Taipan and humans. However, if encountered the Inland Taipan is dark tan in color or brownish light green depending on the time of the year. The snakes have reached lengths of 8.2 feet and their fangs can reach between 3.5 and 6.2 mm in length.


There have been no deaths from the Inland Taipan since the development of antivenom for the snake's bite.

Watch A Coastal Taipan

Coastal Taipan
Coastal Taipan

# 2 Coastal Taipan

The Coastal Taipan snakes is a large and highly venomous snake located in the Northern and Eastern coastal regions of Australia. On average this snake reaches lengths of 6.6 feet long. The Coastal Taipan's head is long and narrow and a lighter color than the rest of the body.

The Coastal Taipan is light green or reddish-brown in color. It can be found in warmer or more tropical habitats, it can also be found in grassy areas. The snake has adapted well to the sugar cane fields in the Queensland area of Australia. Here the snake lunches on small rodents, such as mice and rats.


The Coastal Taipan is most active very early in the morning but can become more active at night if the temperatures are too hot during the day.

Watch the Black Mamba

Black Mamba
Black Mamba

# 3 Black Mamba

The Black Mamba is found in the sub-Saharan regions of Africa. The Mamba is the fastest moving snake in entire continent of Africa, moving as fast as 11mph. The Black Mamba's venom is one of the fastest acting venoms in all the world, and can kill an adult human in less than 20 minutes. Unfortunately, even with antivenom, a bite from the black mamba is almost certain death. The snake is so feared that locals living in Africa call a bite from the Black Mamba as a "kiss of death."


The Black Mamba is known to be a very aggressive snake but will often flee from humans. Even though the snake is called the Black Mamba, the coloration of the snake varies from brownish, gray, olive, and tan. The snake can reach lengths of 15ft and one of the longest venomous snakes in the world.


Most black mambas are found in savanna regions, woodland areas, or rocky areas. The bushes and shrubs of the savanna are a preferred habitat of the Black Mamba. The snake is known to do most of its hunting during the day.

The Eastern Brown Snake

Eastern Brown Snake
Eastern Brown Snake

# 4 Eastern Brown Snake

The Eastern Brown Snake is found in Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia. More specifically on the eastern coast of Australia and in the arid areas of the North Territory of Australia.The snake is usually some form of brown but can sometimes have bands or spots of black, orange, tan, silver, yellow, or gray. The largest specimen of this species was recorded at the length of 7.9ft.


The snake can be found in a variety of habitats varying from dry forests, savannah woodlands, and scrublands. However, this particular species will not be found in wet areas such as the rainforest or extremely dry areas such as the arid desserts.


The Eastern Brown Snake is diurnal, which means it hunts during the day, and it is known to be highly aggressive. When the snake becomes angry or agitated the snake will raise its head, resembling an S-shape, but like many snakes will try to escape if a human encounters it.


The venom of this species is known to cause diarrhea, dizziness, convulsions, renal failure, paralysis, and cardiac arrest.

Watch the Philippine Cobra

Philippine Cobra
Philippine Cobra

# 5 Philippine Cobra

The Philippine Cobra is a highly venomous spitting cobra that lives in the northern regions of the Philippines. When threatened this species of snake will expand its hood on its head. This particular species of snake can grow to be 5.2 feet in length.


This snake can mostly be found in low lying plains and forest covered regions. The snake likes densely covered jungles as well as open fields. The snake is can also be found near human homes and settlements, especially if there is a source of water. This species of snake likes ponds, deep puddles, and rivers.

Watch the Death Adder

Death Adder
Death Adder

# 6 Death Adder

Native to New Guinea and Australia the Death Adder is very short and stout in size. The snake strongly resembles a viper with its triangular shaped head. Female Adders are often larger than male Adders, and take two to three years to reach adult size.


Death Adders do not flee as much as other snakes when confronted often the snake will freeze and stand its ground. In fact the snake often sits in waiting most of the time waiting to ambush its prey camouflaged by the brush.

Watch A Krait

Krait
Krait

# 7 Krait

Found in south and southeast Asia, the Krait is usually between 3 to 4.5ft in length. The Krait species of snake usually appears glossy and smooth in nature, with stripped patterns. The patterns are usually a lighter color with a band of black.


Kraits are nocturnal in nature and rarely encounter humans but if a human is bitten by a Krait is could be potentially deadly. A Krait's venom can cause tremors, cramps, spasms, and paralysis.

Watch the Coral Snake

Coral Snake
Coral Snake

# 8 Coral Snake

The Coral Snake is most known for its red, yellow/white, and black banding. Many sayings have been developed to help people remember which snakes are venomous and which are not because there are several snakes that resemble the Coral Snake. Remember this "Red on yellow, venom fellow; red on black, safe from attack" or "Red on black, venom lack; Red on yellow, killer fellow."


When a Coral Snake is confronted by a human whether accidentally or purposefully the snake will almost always try to flee. However, if bitten the Coral Snake can cause respiratory failure.

Tiger Snake

Tiger Snake
Tiger Snake

# 9 Tiger Snake

The Tiger Snake is a native to Australia, often found in the southern regions. This species can also be found in Tasmania. The snake varies in colors from dark bands to lighter color bands, making a tiger like pattern. The snake's underside belly is often yellow or orange in color.


When the Tiger Snake is threatened it will flatten its body and raise there head above the ground. If the snake bites a human, the individual may experience numbness, tingling, sweating, respiratory difficulties and paralysis.


The Tiger Snakes habitats of choice are wetland environments and creeks. This is why the snake is often found on in the coastal region of Australia.

Watch Dubois Sea Snakes

Dubois Sea Snake
Dubois Sea Snake

# 10 Dubois Sea Snake

The Dubois Sea Snake is a species of sea snake which lives in Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, coastal areas of Australia. The snake lives at depths of 80 meters in the coral reef areas of the sea. It also lives in sandy sediments, which contain some type of shelter such as, seaweed or sponges.


The Dubois Sea Snake does not lay eggs like most snakes, instead the snake gives birth to live snakes. The snake is known to be slightly aggressive and will protect itself if it feels threatened. Humans will mostly see this snake active at dusk and dawn.

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