Using a metric that takes into account six factors – average size of an adult snake, average venom yield in a bite, toxicity of venom, length of fangs, typical disposition, and deaths per year from each species – these are considered to be the most dangerous snakes in the world.
Boomslang Found: Sub-Saharan Africa A boomslang was responsible for the death of famous herpetologist Karl Schmidt
Gaboon Viper Found: Sub-Saharan Africa The Gaboon is the world’s heaviest viper with the largest venom yield.
Blue Krait Found: Southeast Asia Their bite has little to no pain, but their powerful venom can kill very quickly.
Deathadder Found: Australia The snake has some of the most powerful venom on the planet, but it’s being threatened by the invasion of the cane toad.
Russell’s Viper Found: Asia The snake is so dangerous that another completely harmless species has adopted it’s coloring as a defense.
Coral Snake Found: Southeastern North America Coral snakes have very dangerous bites, but at generally pretty docile.
Bushmaster Found: Central and South America The longest viper in the world generally stays hidden, but can strike multiple times at once.
Found: Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka.
These snakes run their rough scales together making a distinctive sound as a warning.
Papuan Taipan Found: Australia A herpetologist was killed capturing and milking one of these snakes, in order to make an anti-venom.
Egyptian Cobra Found: Africa and the Arabian Peninsula In 2011, an Egyptian escaped from the Bronx Zoo and was not found for almost 5 days.
Beaked Sea Snake Found: The Tropical Indo-Pacific These swimmers are aggressive and have been known to eat catfish whole.
Forest Cobra Found: Central and Western Africa This dangerous snake is almost as good in the sea as he is on land.
King Cobra Found: India through Southeast Asia The King Cobra’s warning sounds more like a growl than a hiss.
Black Mamba Found: Sub-Saharan Africa This snake is super-venomous and also incredibly fast, capable at traveling almost 7 mph.
King Brown Snake Found: Most of Australia These big snakes often shelter near humans in woodpiles or house foundations.