Whether you’re an avid snake-lover or you wouldn’t be caught dead in the same room with one, odds are that you know the deadly consequences of encountering a venomous snake. There are a number of snakes which even the pros try to steer clear of due to their deadly bite. Here is a list of the 13 most venomous snakes in the world.
13. Death Adder
With a name like that, it’s pretty clear to see that this isn’t a snake you would want to agitate, much less encounter. Death Adders are most commonly found throughout Australia, but have been spotted in other regions, such as New Guinea.
Victims experience paralysis, respiratory arrest, and when left untreated, death within six or seven hours. With rapid and correct treatment, the victim has a very small chance of dying.
One of the most dangerous snakes in Africa, the Boomslang prefers to hunt by extending its head out while it perches motionless in a tree. In this way, it mimics a branch, and simply waits for its prey to come. Rather than delivering one or two bites to inject its venom, the Boomslang chews on its prey, delivering the toxins over time until the victim is poisoned.
11. Tiger Rattlesnake
Though Rattlesnakes are not particularly deadly compared to other types, the Tiger Rattlesnake is considered to be the most venomous of the Rattlesnake family, and one of the most dangerous snakes in the Western Hemisphere. They prove to be extremely aggressive and territorial, which makes them a threat to humans. Though they rarely actually bite humans, their bites do cause swelling and pain, and if left untreated, death is possible. If a child was to be bitten, the effects may be more serious and threatening.
10. Blue Krait
The Blue Krait’s venom is estimated to be 16 times more potent than that of a cobra, making them quite deadly and dangerous when encountered. Victims that have been bit and sought after treatment found that most treatment does not seem to impact symptoms, bringing the Blue Krait’s lethality to considerable levels. Fortunately, they tend to keep to themselves and avoid humans, so being bitten by one of these dangerous guys is usually unlikely.