Meet the world's 9 most venomous snakes and their deadly bites

Inland Taipan

Known as the world’s most venomous snake, it's rare and reclusive in Australia's central regions. Its venom, combined with an accelerating enzyme, is lethal.

Black Mamba

Found in Sub-Saharan Africa, it's named for its black mouth interior. The black mamba is fast, aggressive when threatened, and delivers potent neurotoxic venom.


Native to central and southern Africa, it blends into tree environments, striking with rear fangs that fold back into its mouth. Despite its venom's potency, encounters with humans.

Blue Malayan Coral Snake

Found in Southeast Asia, its striking blue stripes and venomous neurotoxin make it dangerous, though it's not aggressive. Human fatalities are rare despite its potent venom gland.

Saw-Scaled Viper

Common across Asia and Africa, it hunts at night with a defensive figure-eight posture and quick strikes. While rarely lethal, its highly toxic venom and aggressive behavior.

Russell's Viper

Responsible for many snake-bite deaths in India, it's known for its lethal venom causing kidney failure. Found in agricultural areas, it strikes with speed when threatened, posing a serious danger.

Banded Krait

Inhabiting South and Southeast Asia, it's recognizable by its banded pattern and causes paralysis with its venom. Active at night, its venom's effect on breathing can be life-threatening.


Found in Central and South America, it's known for severe tissue damage from its venom. Beneficial to farmers for controlling pests, encounters with humans require swift medical attention.

Olive Sea Snake

Living along Australia's northern coast, it's adapted to underwater life, hunting fish and occasionally encountering divers. While not aggressive, accidental encounters during fishing.

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