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The Deadliest Snakes on the Planet (32 pics)

Boomslang
Found: Sub-Saharan Africa
A boomslang was responsible for the death of famous herpetologist Karl Schmidt.
Timber
Rattlesnake Found: Eastern United States and Canada
The short and stocky snake is the only venomous one in Connecticut.
Gaboon
Viper Found: Sub-Saharan Africa
The Gaboon is the world’s heaviest viper with the largest venom yield.
Blue Krait
Found: Southeast Asia
Their bite has little to no pain, but their powerful venom can kill very quickly.
Deathadder
Found: Australia
The snake has some of the most powerful venom on the planet, but it’s being threatened by the invasion of the cane toad.
Eastern Tiger Snake
Found: Eastern Australia
Their bite comes with a 40-60% mortality rate.
Russell’s Viper
Found: Asia
The snake is so dangerous that another completely harmless species has adopted it’s coloring as a defense.
Coral Snake
Found: Southeastern North America
Coral snakes have very dangerous bites, but at generally pretty docile.
Bushmaster
Found: Central and South America
The longest viper in the world generally stays hidden, but can strike multiple times at once.
Golden Lancehead
Found: The island of Queimada Grande
Luckily, these tree-climbing snakes are limited to only one Brazilian island.
Saw-Scaled Viper
Found: Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka.
These snakes run their rough scales together making a distinctive sound as a warning.
Papuan Taipan
Found: Australia
A herpetologist was killed capturing and milking one of these snakes, in order to make an anti-venom.
Egyptian Cobra
Found: Africa and the Arabian Peninsula
In 2011, an Egyptian escaped from the Bronx Zoo and was not found for almost 5 days.
Prairie Rattlesnake
Found: Western United States and Canada
A prairie rattlesnake can give birth to up to 25 young at once.
South American Rattlesnake
Found: All of South America except Ecuador and Chile
Their venom is a combo of two neurotoxins that cause progressive paralysis.
Eastern Diamondback
Found: Southeastern United States
This is the largest venomous snake in North America, and featured on early American flags.
Beaked Sea Snake
Found: The Tropical Indo-Pacific
These swimmers are aggressive and have been known to eat catfish whole.
Australian Brown Snake
Found: Eastern Australia and Indonesia
This is second most venomous snake in the world and it’s not afraid to strike if threatened.
Mojave Rattlesnake
Found: Southwestern United States and Mexico
Its neurotoxic venom is the most potent in North America.
Barba Amarilla
Found: Southern Mexico and Northern South America
This fer-de-lance is irritable and fast, taking the life of at least one famous herpetologist.
Puff Adder
Found: Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula
The stout snake is usually pretty lethargic, but it can launch it’s whole body when it strikes.
Inland Taipan
Found: Central and Eastern Australia
The most venomous snake in the world actually dropped off scientist’s radars for some time before it reappeared in the 70′s.
Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
Found: United States and Mexico
The most dangerous snake in Mexico (and second most in the United States) has hemotoxic venom that can destroy tissues.
Coastal Taipan
Found: Northern and Eastern Australia and New Guinea
The largest venomous snake in Australia can grow to almost 11 feet long.
Forest Cobra
Found: Central and Western Africa
This dangerous snake is almost as good in the sea as he is on land.
Common Cobra
Found: Africa and Asia
Symptoms of their dangerous venom can set in within 15 minutes.
European Viper
Found: Western Europe to East Asia
These vipers will hibernate, but are no stranger to coming out in the winter and gliding along snow.
King Brown Snake
Found: Most of Australia
These big snakes often shelter near humans in woodpiles or house foundations.
Common Lancehead
Found: Eastern South America
These snakes will often bite workers in banana plantations, while waiting for rodents to eat.
King Cobra
Found: India through Southeast Asia
The King Cobra’s warning sounds more like a growl than a hiss.
Black Mamba
Found: Sub-Saharan Africa
This snake is super-venomous and also incredibly fast, capable at traveling almost 7 mph.
Mexican West Coast Rattlesnake
Found: Western Mexico
These snakes have super-toxic venom, but stay confined to the coast of Mexico.

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