The Deadliest Snakes Ever Found On The Planet


Coastal Taipan

Image by Denise Chang

The Coastal Taipan is the 3rd most venomous snake in the world. It lives in North East Australia and New Guinea exclusively. It’s venom is a remarkably powerful neurotoxin. After bitten you can die in as little as 30 mins though you could live 2½hrs.

Philippine cobra

Photograph Mario Lutz


The Philippine Cobra dwells in the northern Philippines. It’s one of the most venomous cobras. It not only bites, it also spits with a range of 3m. Depending on the severity of the bite it can cause complete respiratory failure within hours. 

Black Mamba

Via Wikipedia

The black mamba lives in Africa on the Sub-Saharan region. If you get bitten and you don’t receive an antidote your chances of dying are 100%. It’ll take about 7 hours; enough to say goodbye to your loved ones and maybe ask them for a bit of antidote.

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

Photo by Greg

The Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake lives in the Southeastern United States; This is the most dangerous rattlesnake in America. It’s big and strong. If you get bitten you have a 30% chance of dying. They’re not aggressive if you don’t mess with them though.

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

Image US Fish and Wildlife Service

The western diamondback rattlesnake lives in the Southwest US, from Arkansas to Mexico. The venom from this snake is not as powerful compared to other rattlesnakes but her bite injects 2 to 3 times more venom per bite. In summation if you get bitten you have a 20% chance to die. 

King Cobra

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The King Cobra, Aka Hamadryad lives in Southeast Asia. Of all the venomous snakes this is the longest (up to 4m) and it’s India’s national reptile. If one king cobra decides to bite you, you’ll paralyze, go into a coma, stop breathing and die (worst case scenario). Not only is venom is tremendously toxic, the king cobra is very generous administering it. So much so that a king cobra is capable of killing an elephant, with a single bite. Fortunately for everyone these snakes prefer to stay away from humans as much as possible. That is good because antivenom is scarce and a lot may be needed to treat a single bite. There is a 50/50 chance to survive a King Cobra bite, mostly because you could be lucky enough to get bitten briefly.

Tiger Snake 

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The Tiger Snake lives in Australia and has a kill rate of 40%~60% so if you get bit you might live. Just don’t kill the snake that bit you because you might be fined $7500 and even spend some time in jail –it’s a protected species.

Common Lancehead

Via Wikipedia

The Common Lancehead snake lives in South America. If you get beaten you could die but if  you survive there is a big chance you’ll experience memory lost.

Inland Taipan

Via Wikipedia

The Inland Taipan lives in Australia and its venom is the world’s strongest. One bite has enough poison to kill 100 men. Not even sea snakes are so poisonous. This snake is a bit of a hermit and stays away from people. It’s really hard to come across one.

Saw-Scaled Viper

Photographed by Shantanu Kuneshar

Actually this is more than one snake since the name applies to several species. They live in Africa, Middle East and southeast Asia. Not likely to be fatal but a nasty bite can have terrible symptoms for days.

Eastern Brown Snake

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The Eastern Brown Snake is the second most venomous snake in the world. It lives in Australia and New Guinea. It can run faster than most people. Not all its bites are lethal because they can bite without injecting poison so you might stand a chance. Unfortunately, they seem to aim to the groin area…


Photograph: Andynct at English Wikipedia

The Boomslang snake lives in Africa. It’s highly poisonous but its venom is slow-acting. You might need a full blood transfusion if you’re bitten.


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