Top 10 most venomous snakes

nature & geography

The relation between humans and snakes has always been tense. Many people fear snakes and snakes have played an important role in many historic events and myths. The majority of these reptiles don’t pose a danger to humans, but some snakes, especially venomous snakes do. Last week an Australian teenager got bitten and was hospitalized. The snakes in our next list are very dangerous because of their venom. However, they are not necessarily the most dangerous snakes in the world. This top 10 most venomous snakes is all about the power of the venom, measured in LD50 (median lethal dose; (mg/kg)). Fear the snakes in this list!

Top 10 most venomous snakes

  1. Philippine cobra, (Naja philippinensis), Phillipines – 0.20 mg/kg
  2. Eastern coral snake, (Micrurus fulvius), Southeastern United States – 0.196 mg/kg
  3. Western tiger snake, (Notechis scutatus), Australia – 0.194 mg/kg
  4. Black mamba, (Dendroaspis polylepis), Sub-Saharan Africa – 0.185 mg/kg
  5. Saw scaled viper, (Echis carinatus), India – 0.151 mg/kg
  6. Peninsula tiger snake, (Notechis scutatus), Southern Australia – 0.131 mg/kg
  7. Many-banded krait, (Bungarus multicinctus), South East Asia – 0.108 mg/kg
  8. Coastal taipan, (Oxyuranus scutellatus), Australia, New Guinea – 0.106 mg/kg
  9. Eastern brown snake, (Pseudonaja textilis), Australia, Indonesia – 0.037 mg/kg
  10. Inland taipan, (Oxyuranus microlepidotus), Australia – 0.025 mg/kg

nb: our list excludes sea snakes
Source: Ernst & Zug (1996)

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