The World’s Most Dangerous Snakes
Fear of snakes is more than just a fobia, as deadly snakes are a reality. Their living environment comprises both land and ocean. The sea snake has evolved from the Australian land snake and it is a close relative of the Cobra. It is a venomous reptile that dwells in warm waters and tropical areas, from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific.
The sea snakes‘ venom is the most powerful neurotoxin in the world. Their bite, though not painful, attacks the nervous system, causing symptoms like: spasms, rigidity and even respiratory paralysis, which can occur within an hour. While sea snakes attack only when provoked, their venom is much more powerful than that of land snakes. However, they can become more aggressive during mating season.
Rattlesnakes are native to the dessert areas of America. There are numerous rattlesnakes species out there, but their common feature is the rattles in the their tails, which act as warning signals for their enemies. The rattlesnake is considered to be very dangerous because of its attack speed, which is usually underestimated by its victims, and the effects of its venom. Their hemotoxic venom destroys tissues and causes organ decay. Some species have a neurotoxic venom, which blocks the nervous system. Both types of venom can prove fatal, if the victim does not seek treatment in time.
The Inland Taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus) is considered to be one of the most venomous snakes in the world. It dwells in the dry areas of Australia, and its venom is so toxic that it can kill a human being in less than 45 minutes. Fortunately, this kind of snake is shy and withdrawn and there is an anti-venom available. However, the most venomous snake in the world is not necessarily the most dangerous one as well. The Sri Lankan Russel’s Viper is much more dangerous, given that in its country of origin an anti-venom for this species is not available, which causes many fatalities.