Just about anyone you talk to will have a scale when discussing Mother Nature’s creatures. They’ll probably say that they love furry animals and birds, but hate insects and reptiles. One of the most commonly hated and misunderstood creatures on the planet is the snake. We say ‘misunderstood’, but what we really mean is ‘not feared enough’. Snakes are creatures pulled seemingly from a different time. Their lack of legs, long body, and abundant venom make them easy to abhor and even easier to fall prey to when you don’t see them coming. We decided to go around the world and pick out the deadliest snakes that happen to still slither around this planet.
Black Tiger Snakes
It’s almost become a meme at this point that Australia is filled to the brim with deadly, dangerous, and beautiful creatures. If you are afraid of nature’s horrors then you probably shouldn’t book a cheap flight and hotel reservation in the land down under. These beauties come in a variety of different sizes, shapes, and colors. We’ll highlight the Black Tiger Snake thanks to its ominous appearance and lethal dosage of venom. You can die from a bite within half of an hour of being bitten, but fatalities are more common in the 6- to 24-hour range. If you get bit by one of these crawlers you’ll feel tingling, sweating, and numbness and you MUST get to antivenin before it is too late. For the most part Tiger Snakes are scared enough of humans that they’ll slither away if you run into them, but when cornered they become aggressive and ready to strike.
Believe it or not but this is the only snake that makes our list from North America. The Rattlesnake is one of the most iconic snakes in the world thanks to its appearance in pop culture along with the signature rattling tail. The Rattlesnake is technically part of the Pit Viper genus, but they seem to stand out all on their own. Rattlesnakes most commonly hunt birds and snakes, but they are capable of biting and killing just about anything thanks to the toxicity of their venom. They are capable of striking at a distance equivalent to a full two-thirds of their body. Despite the ominous sound of their rattling, which signifies a readiness to strike, Rattlesnakes would prefer not to have to deal with humans and they tend to flee unless cornered. Fortunately for us, Rattlesnake bites are rarely fatal to humans when treated with promptness.