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Poisonous & Venomous Snakes And Spiders In Kenya Encountered Whilst On Holidays or Vacations

Updated on December 5, 2015
Poisonous Snakes In Kenya
Poisonous Snakes In Kenya

Vacations and holidays in Kenya, with man killing snakes, bugs and spiders.

Kenya is situated on the East coast of the fantastic continent of Africa, bordering Somalia, Ethiopia and Tasmania. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean laps gently on the beaches in this tropical paradise.

BUT..Kenya has many poisonous snakes and venomous spiders which can turn cheap vacations and holidays into nightmares of which you may not even wish upon your worst enemies. Safaris in Africa can turn badly wrong and even fatal just by a simple mistake by a tourist walking in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Africa is a land of beauty and wonder, and thousands of tourists on vacation every year enjoy the simply beautiful scenery and the weather without a hitch or a problem. Then there are those tourists who are seriously wounded or disfigured for life by a small biting creature. Some people never come home again, some people are never seen again.

Tourist Warning: Human Kidney Harvesting in Kenya


Spitting Cobra

Africa is a breeding ground for venomous and poisonous snakes. The spitting cobra has been made famous in old time Western movies as the snake which can permanently blind a person by spitting venom into their eyes. The spitting cobra can spray its victim from up to 2 meters away ( over 6 feet ).

Poisonous Snakes Kenya
Poisonous Snakes Kenya

The spitting cobra is found mainly in the rural areas of Kenya, and makes them dangerous for people whom are on a Kenyan Safari. If the snake feels threatened in any way, they strike their famous pose of raising their heads and facing their victim. This is a warning to all. Remember, a spitting cobra is not to be approached, even from a distance they will alter your life completely.

The venom is both neurotoxic and hemotoxic. Initial bites will become red and swell within seconds. The pain will begin to spread through your body as the venom travels through the blood stream.

In not to rare circumstances, the victim will have difficulty breathing, suffer fevers and possible blackouts within thirty minutes. As the venom begins to attack the nervous system, cardiac arrest then death can follow.

The Black Mamba
The Black Mamba

The Black Mamba

This venomous snake has a 100% death rate for its victims if they are not treated immediately. The Black Mambas' coloring rangers from olive, gray ( grey ) to khaki with the inside of the mouth being black or dark blue.

The adults grow to over three meters in length, with many being over 12 feet in length, with some reaching 15 feet.

The reputation is of one of the worlds most aggressive and venomous land snakes, and is responsible for many deaths every year. All people on vacations to Kenya or on a safari will be warned of the potential dangers by their guides. The venom is the most fast acting of any snake in the world.

In 2006, a 40 - 48 year old adult elephant weighing 7,500 pounds was killed by a single bite from a Black Mamba snake.

This deadly snake can deliver up to 400 mgs' of venom with each bite, the fatal dose for a fully grown human is approximately 10 mgs'. Victims can die within 20 minutes of being bitten, but the average life expectancy of a human is 40 minutes unless anti venom is received.

Puff Adder

This poisonous snake is responsible for more deaths in Africa than any other snake. This is down to the shear numbers and the distribution throughout central and Southern Africa. The Puff Adder snake is only approximately 1 meter in length and can be yellow-ish to brown and red-ish.

The potent venom is produce in large quantities and the snake can inject many portions of venom through many bites in a small amount of time. They usually bask in the sunshine near footpaths and will remain silent until it is usually to late for the victim.

Victims will feel searing pain followed by swelling, water blood will flow from the bite as the victim will begin to vomit. Limbs may begin to become void of movement as the muscles begin hemorrhaging.

Skin tissues may begin to appear to melt as the venom takes hold around the bite area. Dizziness, black outs may occur and gangrene may happen even if the anti-venom is given. A slow death can occur within two days.


Brown Recluse Spider

The infamous brown recluse spider bite melts living tissue. The wounds can become over 10 cm in diameter and can become very infectious. These spiders are not aggressive, but will bite if they are frightened or under threat. They can be found in hotel rooms and vacation homes, under beds, in linen and towels, in discarded shoes and airing cupboards.

Free Link To:- Brown Recluse Spider Information ( Warning - graphic images )

Tarantula Spiders

Tarantula spiders are not poisonous and are only slightly venomous, but can give a person a very nasty nip.

The sight of these monsters can give a person suffering from anachrophobia a heart attack. Called the Baboon Spider in Kenya, this beauty grows to 8 inches in length and the female can live up to 25 years.


Possibly the most terrifying experience that anyone could have. Somalian pirates are known to cross the border and kidnap or rod people on vacation or holiday. The lure of tourists' money or ransoms overwhelms their need for money. Gangs with guns and machete's have been known to butcher an entire family on holiday or safari.

Free Link To:- Modern Day Somalian Pirates

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      17 months ago

      Venomous snakes are found all over the world, so are terrorists, those do not really seem like genuine threats.

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      3 years ago

      Tasmania is not in Africa. I think you meant Tanzania. Great article otherwise.

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      7 years ago

      This animals and insects are found everywhere in the globe some are part particular to certain areas, a healthy rule of thumb is to keep swat from snakes and spiders and to keep your areas clean from rats and bugs and you won't get between snakes and spiders going after prey. I'm a US farmer snakes are important , they save me money by keeping away rats that destroy my grain. We also grow tea in Kenya spiders are also import since they keep bugs that destroy the bushes down, but they do bite tea pickers sometimes we have anti-venom handy.

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      7 years ago

      Don't fear coming to Kenya. These animals are found in the wild. Lol

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      7 years ago

      i think that the black mamba are very aggressive and dangerous

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      jerry jared okeno 

      7 years ago

      i hate snakes very much,

      more so the poisonous ones

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      7 years ago from HubPages

      The Puff adder...every livestock rearer's nightmare. Given that they camouflage perfectly in dry grass, this snake is lethal. As you clearly put it out, unlike most snakes, the puff adder can regenerate venom very fast. I fear it like no other snake. I wonder how the Masai survive them. The number of Masai who are bitten and die from the snake is quite low, yet, they live in the same environment. Great hub, its good to be safe on never know when a snake, scorpion or spider might strike

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      Andrew Aballa 

      8 years ago from Kisumu, Kenya

      Brilliant hub.. Quite informative

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      8 years ago from Dorking, Surrey, United Kingdom

      Great hub, im glad i haven't bumped into any of these little fellas whilst in Kenya

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      8 years ago

      Awesome photos and hub. I have always been intrigued by the Black Mamba. I guess because it is so deadly and because of its unique black mouth (wickedly scary). Never mind the bite, I would faint dead in my tracks if I came anywhere near a snake, let alone these.

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      8 years ago

      It's now confirmed.

      I have no desire to ever visit Kenya.

      Fascinating Hub!


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      8 years ago from Abidjan

      Useful one


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