Rating the 8 Most Lethal Snakes

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Inland Taipan

The Inland Taipan, known as the Western taipan or fierce snake, is the world's most venomous snake. Its venom contains mycotoxins that dissolve muscles and neurotoxins that cause paralysis, making one bite lethal enough to kill 100 men in just 30 minutes.

Eastern Brown Snake

The Eastern Brown Snake, or common brown snake, is highly venomous, with hemotoxins that can cause life-threatening reactions within minutes. Found in central and eastern Australia and southern New Guinea.

Coastal Taipan

The Coastal Taipan, or common taipan, delivers an average of 120 mg of venom per bite, containing potent neurotoxins. Death can occur within 30 minutes to 2.5 hours after a bite.

King Cobra

The King Cobra, or Hamadryad, is the longest venomous snake, reaching lengths of 10 to 13 feet, with some exceeding 19 feet. Native to Southeast Asia, China, and India, they inhabit plains and rainforests. 

Black Mamba

The Black Mamba, native to southern and eastern Africa, is known for its speed, reaching up to 12.5 miles per hour. Although shy, it can deliver multiple bites containing cardio- and neurotoxins, leading to death within 20 minutes if untreated.

Saw-Scaled Viper

The Saw-Scaled Viper, or carpet viper, is notorious for its deadly venom, delivering 20 to 30 mg of hemotoxins per bite. Found in dry savannas across Africa, the Middle East, and southwestern Asia to India.

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

The Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, also known as the woodland rattler or diamondback, is found throughout the southeastern U.S., preferring flatwoods and woodlands. 

Banded Krait

The Banded Krait, identified by its alternating black and yellow crossbands, inhabits the Indo-Chinese subregion, particularly eastern India. Measuring up to 7 feet, these snakes have broad heads with yellow markings and lips.