Top 15 Deadliest and Most Poisonous Snakes in the World

Snakes are rather fascinating creatures from the reptile family. They have been around since the inception of the world. Snakes are slimy creatures that are creepy and scary at the same time. These limbless creatures glide along the way by sticking out their twin tongues now and then. In this article we are gonna see the list of most venomous snake in the world.

Snakes are categorized as poisonous or venomous. Some snakes carry venom within them whereas some snake passes on venom even by a touch. It is not necessary that every snake may be carrying venom; some snakes are non-venomous and harmless.

Most Poisonous Snakes in the World

Snakes are found all over the world. Their capability of injecting venom into its prey and the intensity of the venom to destroy them makes them enthralling. Snakes could be as small as less than four inches and as thin as a spaghetti noodle, and as big as 30 feet long and weigh around 250 pounds. Most poisonous snakes in the world are found in all natural habitats such as in the jungle, fresh water, salt water, desert etc. Let’s have a look on the most venomous snake in the world

  1. Inland Taipan

Most Poisonous Snakes in the World-Fierce Snake

Also known as western Taipan and the godfather of the most deadliest and poisonous snakes in the world, the venom of this slimy creature is so toxic that death occurs within 45 minutes of its bite. Onebite of Inland Taipan contains 11 mg of venom capable of killing 100 people or 25000 mice. The most impressive fact of Inland Taipan is the speed at which it bites and it is recorded to be ten times more venomous as any other poisonous snake. These snakes are more common than Cobra snakes. Although this snake is highly lethal it isn’t much aggressive, also humans rarely run into them. Inland Taipan is mostly found in the widespread semi-arid areas of central eastern Australia.

  1. Eastern Brown Snake

Most Poisonous Snakes in the World-Eastern Brown Snake

Another one of the most poisonous snakes in the world is the Eastern Brown Snake. The snake has spread deadly terrors among the people in its native regions of Papua, Indonesia, New Guinea, and populated areas of Australia. One bite of the snake contains a lethal dose of a toxin. One-fourteenth part of its venom is enough to kill an adult.The young ones of the snake could kill a human. The neurotoxins and the blood coagulants in the venom make it highly lethal. The Eastern Brown Snake has a speed pace and very much aggressive to even chase its prey and strike it repeatedly.In fact, the snake often reacts to any movement near them and most of the times their bites are non- venomous.

  1. Belcher’s Sea Snake

Most Poisonous Snakes in the World-Belcher’s Sea Snake

The belcher’s Snake habitats exclusively in the tropical reefs of the Indian Ocean, Gulf of Thailand, New Guinea, Indonesia, and the Philippines’coast. Belcher’s Sea Snakesare also generally found in South East Asia and Northern Australia.  As they live in remote places they are not much of a threat to humans. They are meek creatures by nature.Yet the snake has an ability to kill thousands of people with just some milligrams of its poison. The bite of the Belcher’s Sea Snake is not a painful one but strong enough to numb the extremities. Slow and painful suffocation takes over.

  1. Death Adder

Most Poisonous Snakes in the World-Death Adder

From the natives of Australia, the common death adder is one of the poisonous land snakes in Australia and is one of the most poisonous snakes in the world. The snake resembles a Viper with a triangular head and a short body.  The Death Adder feeds on other poisonous snakes. The snake is different from other snakes because it lays still waiting for its prey even for many days. During this wait time, it conceals its appearance under the leaves like a military commando and just when the prey approaches it strikes rapidly and injects venom. The Death adder waits for the prey to die before eating it. The Death Adder has a dangerous bite with neurotoxin in its venom. Any human bitten by the snake becomes completely paralyzed within 6-7 hours causing the respiratory system to failto end in death.

  1. Vipers

Most Poisonous Snakes in the World-Vipers

Common Vipers are found everywhere in the world but the most poisonous ones live in certain regions of Asia including India and China. The Vipers are nocturnal and are quickly angered. They are incredibly fast and come out in the open only after a heavy rain. The Viper snake-bite on humans is very intense and causes symptoms such as pain and swelling right at the bite. Victims go through severe pain and blister, fall in blood pressure and heart rate leading to death.

  1. Philippine Cobra

Most Poisonous Snakes in the World-Philippine Cobra

The Philippine Cobra is an extremely venomous and deadliest snakes in the world. They are so deadly that even if one runs into them, guaranteed trouble awaits. Not only these cobras bite, they are also capable of spitting venom up to three meters. The venom of the Philippine Cobra contains neurotoxic venom that prevents the functioning of cardio, paralyzes the respiratory system and causes death within half an hour. The neurotoxins don’t damage the tissue but stop nerve signals. The toxicology experts claim that the Philippine Cobra possesses the most toxin venom of all cobra species.

  1. Tiger Snake

Most Poisonous Snakes in the World-Tiger Snake

Tiger Snake, largely found in Southern parts of Australia are the most poisonous snakes in the world and contain extremely potent neurotoxic venom that causes death in less than 30 minutes of its bite.  Tiger Snakes live incoastal environments, creeks, and wetlands. The Tiger Snake is harmless, non-aggressive and leaves in peace if left alone. The strike of a Tiger Snake is on point and causes fatality by 70% in half hour.

  1. Black Mamba

Most Poisonous Snakes in the World-Black Mamba

The Black Mamba is found through much of the sub- Saharan parts of the African continent. The Black mamba moves at the speed of 20 km/h.and its accurate strike rate accurate is very much aggressive.It is one of the most venomous snakes in the world and poisonous enough to kill 10-25 adults with one bite. The venom of Black Mamba contains the neurotoxin. The snake produces venom between 125 mg up to 400 mg. any human bitten by the Black Mamba feels a tingling sensation all over the body and cause problems to Vision, mind, and muscle; Immediate foaming and rapid symptoms leading to death. The Black mamba bite will result in death within 15 minutes of its sting if the bite is directly on the veins. If medical attention is not administered immediately, death is guaranteed a 100%.

  1. Indian Cobra

Indian Cobra

Indian Cobra is another most poisonous snakes in the world. The natural habitat of the snake includes dense or open forests, agricultural lands, rice paddy fields, plains, rocky terrain, and wetlands. It is largely found in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan.  The Indian Cobra is easily identified from other cobras by the presence of the symbol of two hoods joined by a U shaped design that resembles spectacles. The Indian cobra is extremely venomous and expands the hood when it feels threatened. It feeds on small creatures such as rodents,frogs, and lizards.The venom of this snake is so intense that if it enters a human eye it can cause major destruction. Along with biting and injecting the venom, an Indian Cobra attacks or defends itself by spitting venom on the opponent from a distance.

  1. Rattlesnake

Most Poisonous Snakes in the World-RattleSnake

Rattle Snakes are mostly found in the southwest and Northern parts of Mexico. The highest number of species, i.e. almost 13 species of the Rattle Snake is found in Arizona. Unlike other snakes, rattlesnakes are slightly heavy-bodied and are easily recognized by their distinct characteristic of a rattle by the end of their tails. These rattles are thick and shaped like a bulb. The rattlesnakes are very much aggressive, easily threatened, and give impulse reactions. They primarily feed on small animals such as rabbits, tree squirrels, ground squirrels, rats, and mice. Rattlesnakes are the most poisonous snakes in the world and very much fatal.

  1. Forest Cobra

Forest Cobra

The non-famous cousin of the notorious Indian Cobra, the Forest Cobra is mostly found in western and central Africa. It is a very alert, nervous, and most poisonous snake. During its inactive time, it hides under abandoned rocks, along river banks, bushes, hollow logs, and root clusters. The food habits of the Forest Cobra is a varied one including insects, small mammals, and other reptiles. Due to its nervous nature, the Forest cobra feels threatened easily. On being cornered it gets into its typical warning posture. It defends itself by raising the front half of its body off the ground and by making loud continuous hissing noises it spreads its narrow hood. The venom of a Forest Cobra contains Neurotoxin and is extremely fatal. Within 30 to 120 minutes of its bite, death may occur.

  1. Eyelash Viper

Eyelash Viper

Generally found in Central America and Northern South America, Eyelash Viper is a venomous deadly snake. The natural habitats include tropical rainforests, plain to dense forests at sea-level, stream side vegetation in lowlands and foot of the hills. They exclusively prefer to stay by the water resource. The Eyelash Viper is an ambush predator and patiently waits for innocent prey to approach. Its behavioral attributes are fascinating because it selects a particular ambush spot and comes back every year during the springtime when the birds migrate. Over time, Eyelash Vipers learn to improve the accuracy of their strike. Another technique used by this snake in parts of South America is that they wink and flash its eyelashes at the victim and attack with a venomous attack.

  1. Blue Krait

Most Poisonous Snakes in the World-Blue Krait

The blue krait snake is often found in Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Bali, Indonesia, Singapore, and Sumatra. The Blue Krait snake is a nocturnal reptile. It is a very shy, secretive snake and hides during the daytime. The snake is neither aggressive nor defensive. It does not strike back unless provoked. When cornered or felt threatened, the Blue krait covers its head with the tail. More than 50% of its bites result in death even after administering anti-venom.

  1. Boomslang


Boomslang is from the natives of sub-Saharan Africa. Its natural habitat includes grasslands, savannas, isolated trees and bushes to hide. Boomslangs are very much venomous but rarely attack people. However, Boomslang bites are deadly for humans. Symptoms after the bite appear within a few hours or a day. When cornered, Boomslangs chooses to escape rather than attacking.

  1. Gaboon Viper

Gaboon Viper

Gaboon Viper is found in the sub-Saharan tropical rainforests. It camouflages and hunts on insects, rodents, birds, and mammals. An adult Gaboon Viper can swallow a full-grown Rabbit. They strike by injecting the fangs into the victim. The venom consists of cytotoxic that destroy cells and tissues of the victim. Gaboon Vipers attack only if threatened and begin by warning with loud hissing noises.

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