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These are the top 10 most venomous snakes in the world. You won't believe how poisonous #1 is!
At number ten, we have the rattlesnake. Capable of striking at up to 2/3 their own body length, the rattlesnake is the most poisonous snake in the Americas. It's infamous for its loud, rattling noise it creates when threatened, which it uses to deter predators or warn passersby.
9. Death Adder
At number nine, we have the death adder. Native to Australia and New Guinea, the death adder actually hunts and kills other snakes! Its venom has a median lethal dose (LD50) of 0.4 mg/kg. One single bite from the death adder injects between 40-100 mg of venom into your system, which is capable of killing you in just six hours!
Number eight is the viper. Vipers are found almost everywhere throughout the world, but are most common in Asia and the Middle East. They're extremely fast snakes. A viper bite can cause you pain for up to a month! They can also cause death two weeks after being bit through septicemia, cardiac failure, or respiratory failure.
7. Philippine Cobra
Number seven is the Philippine cobra. Its venom makes it drop for drop the most deadly of all cobra species, which they're capable of spitting up to 3 meters far. While their bite only causes minimal tissue damage to your system, its venom can lead to respiratory paralysis, neurotoxicity, and death within just 30 minutes!
6. Tiger Snake
At number six we have the tiger snake. Australia's tiger snake delivers an extremely potent neurotoxin that can kill you within 30 minutes. Its strike is extremely accurate and has a fatality rate of about 60-70%. The tiger snake's bite causes death by delivering localized pain, tingling, and numbness followed by a rapid onset of breathing difficulties and finally paralysis.
5. Black Mamba
Number five is the black mamba. Reaching speeds of up to 20 km/h (12.4 mph), the black mamba is known as the fastest land snake in the world. It's capable of striking up to 12 times in a row, with each bite delivering an average of 100-120 mg of venom in each bite. Black mamba bites that are left untreated have a mortality rate of almost 100%!
Bringing up number four is the taipan. Native to Australia, the taipan's venom is potent enough to kill 12,000 guinea pigs. Its venom is neurotoxic and causes death by blocking your arteries or veins. It can kill you within an hour and before the invention of antivenom, there were no known survivors of a taipan bite.
3. Blue Krait
Number three is the blue krait. Blue kraits are found throughout Southeast Asia and deliver a neurotoxin 16 times more powerful than that of a cobra. Its venom causes muscle paralysis and kills you within 6-12 hours of being bit. But even if you do get treated for a blue krait's bite and manage to survive, you can still suffer from permanent coma or even brain death due to hypoxia.
2. Eastern Brown Snake
At number two, we have the eastern brown snake. Found along the major population centers of Australia, the Eastern Brown Snake is known to chase its aggressors and strike them repeatedly. Just 1/14,000 of an ounce of the eastern brown snake's venom is sufficient enough to kill an adult human being, which kills through both neurotoxins and blood coagulants.
1. Inland Taipan
And at number one is the inland taipan. Located in Australia where the Queensland and South Australia borders converge, the inland taipan is infamous for subduing its preys with a series of rapid, accurate strikes, delivering up to eight venomous bites in a single attack. With a median lethal dose of 0.03 mg/kg, its venom is powerful enough to kill 100 humans and can cause death within just 45 minutes.
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