10 Most Deadliest Snakes in the World

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8. Eyelash Palm Pit Viper

If you are currently living in Central or South America and get your fuel needs taken care of by cutting wood in the forests, then next time beware of the Eyelash Palm Pit Viper. This deadly poisonous snake rests coiled up on trees and waits patiently for prey to come into its radar. Woodcutters have long feared the eyelash palm pit viper because if they happen to cut down a branch without giving proper respect to this snake, then it will kill you without blinking an eyelash.

The eyelash palm pit viper venom is primarily hemotoxic (containing procoagulants ) but also neurotoxic (containing hemorrhagins ). The viper’s venom affects both the central nervous system and the cardiovascular system, making it extremely toxic and lethal to humans.

The eyelash palm pit viper injects its venom using its 2 extremely long fangs, located on the upper jaw. The fangs remain folded back into its mouth when it senses that there is no danger around.

While eyelash palm pit vipers are not considered to have an aggressive nature, they have bitten humans who venture too close. The bite can cause severe swelling, staining, bleb formation, pain and very often necrosis. In the absence of proper treatment the viper’s bite can lead to loss of a limb, or can even be fatal. This beautiful but deadly snake is ranked at number 8 in our list of the 10 most deadliest snakes.

7. Pacific Rattlesnake

You don’t want to offend this snake. The snake will try to warn you first by rattling its tail which is a clear sign that everyone should heed. If the Pacific rattlesnake goes on the offensive then all you will be able to see are its fangs getting deep into your skin with a dazzling speed of 2.5 meters per second (8.2 ft/sec.). If you decide to outrun this versatile creature, this rattlesnake can pursue you with vigor with an impressive speed of 12 kilometers an hour (7.5 mph). Pacific Rattlesnake venom is primarily hemorrhagic (having an effect on the blood) but some subspecies of rattlesnakes contain neurotoxins also.

Toxicity of the Pacific Rattlesnake venom is more potent than some of the larger species such as the western diamondback. This together with the high petulance of some individuals makes Pacific Rattlesnake quite the dangerous snake. Proteolytic, neurologic and hemorrhagic complications can all result from the same bite.

In the absence of necessary treatment, death may occur in 18 hours or up to 5 days. The fatal venom dose for humans is 70-160 mg and adult Rattlesnakes can produce up to 112 mg of venom (dried) making it a potentially lethal killer. The Pacific Rattlesnake is ranked at number 7 in our list of the 10 most deadliest snakes.

6. Death Adder

Death Adder is found in New Guinea and Australia and can be quite lethal. They, in fact, hunt and kill other snakes, usually via ambush. They look quite similar to vipers, in that they have short, squat bodies and triangular shaped heads. They usually inject a lethal dose of 0.4mg-0.5mg/kg into their prey. In the absence of treatment, the Death Adder bite is one of the most dangerous in the world.

The venom is primarily neurotoxic. A bite causes paralysis and respiratory failure which can cause death within 6 hours. However, symptoms usually appear within 24-48 hours. The fatality rate of a bite from this snake is nearly 50%. It is quite aptly named the “death” adder.

A Death Adder can go from strike position to striking and back again within 0.13 of a second. which is lightning fast. You’ll be bitten and not even know it before the Death Adder strikes you again. This dangerous snake is ranked at number 6 in our list of the 10 most deadliest snakes.