Every year we read in the newspapers or hear on TV about dozens of people killed by snake bites. So, it’s no wonder these vertebrates are some of the dangerous creatures on Earth. We are all very well aware that, when planning a trip to a foreign or exotic country, the first thing we worry about is snakes or mosquitos.
Even if we don’t schedule a vacation, we should learn a thing or two about how dangerous a snake’s venom is. Also, it’s a smart move to invest in quality outdoor light fixtures that allow you to see the snakes that attempt to invade your property surroundings.
Also called as The Malayan, the Blue Krait is one of the deadliest snakes in the world. It lives in South East Asia and Indonesia. This species is more of a nocturnal breed and tends to get aggressive at night and avoids daily encounters.
Also, the Blue Krait is quite timid and attempts to hide during a conflict instead of fighting. Nevertheless, half of its bites are thought to be fatal even if you administer antivenom. Its venom is a neurotoxin, and it is 16 times more potent than the venom of a Cobra.
An interesting fact is that Kraits will hunt and kill other snakes, including other Kraits.
Once bitten by a Blue Krait, a muscle paralysis is quickly induced by preventing the nerve endings to release chemicals. This process is followed by a period of cramps, tremors, and spasms.
Fortunately, because Kraits only go out at night, bites from them are quite rare. So, if you’re staying in an area with an outdoor ceiling fan for cooling, you can rest assured no Kraits will visit you. Snakes detect body heat, and when you’re in a cool and dry place, you can consider yourself safe.
The Black Mamba is a snake that lives in many areas across the African continent. The breed is known to be extremely violent and deadly. On top of this, this feared snake is, in fact, the fastest land species in the world because it can reach speeds of up to 12 miles per hour.
Plus, Black Mamba can strike up to 12 times in a row and one bite of their venom can kill up to 20 adults.
Once this deadly snake bites a person, he or she will get a tingling sensation in the mouth as well as in the extremities, experience severe confusion, excessive salivation, and lack of muscle control.
Symptoms can rapidly evolve into respiratory arrest, coma or even death. Depending on the severity of the bite, death can occur somewhere between 15 minutes and 3 hours.
The Philippine Cobra is one of the deadliest Cobra species in the world, and it is capable of spitting its venom up to 10 feet.
Even though the bite doesn’t cause too much tissue damage, the neurotoxin has a negative impact on the cardiac and respiratory functions. The incident can lead to neurotoxicity, paralysis, and death in just half an hour.
This snake, whose name already puts us in a state of alert, lives in Australia and New Guinea. Considered to be predators for real, they hunt and kill other snakes, using the ambush method.
Due to the high amount of venom they inject in one bite, that of the Death Adder snake is one of the most dangerous bites in the world.
However, the symptoms progress rather slowly, which means that if the treatment is given within 24 hours after the biting, the fatality can be avoided.
Belcher’s Sea Snake
The Belcher’s Sea Snake is threatening because of its venom. Only a few milligrams of this venom can kill almost 1000 people. They live in the waters of northern Australia and South East Asia.