In this article we are going to discuss the five most poisonous snakes in the world that live on land, taking into account both the toxicity of their venom and the danger of each species, so, lovers and fearful of these animals, this post is for you.
First, a little general information about snakes: They are legless reptiles, some of which have poisonous bites that they use to kill their prey before ingesting them.
All snakes are carnivorous and feed on small animals, birds, insects, and even other snakes in certain species.
Despite having a bad reputation, snakes do not usually attack humans. Most do so after being attacked or hurt previously. If you watch where you step and make enough noise, the animal will move out of your way instead of waiting for you to step on it.
Well, then we tell you the 5 most poisonous snakes in the world :
5. Daboia russelii ( Vipera Russellii )
Better known as the Russell Viper, it is found in Asia along the Indian subcontinent, most of Southeast Asia, southern China, and Taiwan. Despite being in the fifth position, it is the viper that produces the highest number of serious and fatal bites in the world. It is one of the most poisonous snakes in the world.
4. King Cobra ( Ophiophagus Hannah )
It is the largest poisonous snake that exists, and can reach (and even exceed) five meters in length. Its venom is not the strongest, but it has the ability to inoculate large amounts per bite, hence its lethality.
3. Philippine Cobra ( Naja Naja Philippinensis )
Endemic to the Philippines, it is aggressive in behavior and inhabits dense jungle or open fields. It is used in the East by snake charmers because they respond well to visual cues.
2. Common Krait ( Bungarus Caeruleus )
Species of the genus Bungarus contain neurotoxic venom 16 times more potent than that of a cobra. We can find it only in the Indian subcontinent and in Southeast Asia.
1. Taipan ( Oxyuranus )
Finally, the gold medal goes to the genus Oxyuranus.
There are three subspecies: inland Taipan ( Oxyuranus microlepidotus ), coastal ( Oxyuranus scutellatus scutellatus ) and papuan ( Oxyuranus scutellatus canni ), all of them large, fast and very poisonous from Australasia (Australia, Melanesia and New Zealand).
The most toxic snake in the world is the indoor taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus). A single bite harbors enough venom to kill 125 people.
Depending on the variables we look at, the black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), the largest venomous snake in Africa, could also enter the list, whose bite can kill 10 people.
I hope you have enjoyed or, at least, pointed out the sites where they come from in case one is ” serpentophobic ” or something like that.