Which snakes are most deadly?

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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There are many very deadly (venomous) snakes throughout the world. Here are just a few of them:

  1. Cobra snakes
  2. Black Mamba snakes
  3. Copperhead snakes
  4. Coral snakes
  5. Cottonmouth snakes
  6. Sea snakes
  7. Rattlesnakes

When a person gets bitten by one of these venomous snakes it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms of a venomous snake bite include severe pain around the bite, discharge of blood from the site of the bite, diarrhea, fainting, blurred vision, and convulsions. Sometimes, if the bite is not treated, death occurs. These symptoms are general and everyone will react to a venomous snake bite in a different way.

 

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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You might get some healthy disagreement on this topic, but I think that a case can be made for some snakes being more commonly felt as deadly than others.  From what scientists say, the Inland Taipan is fairly dangerous.  Its bite delivers enough venom to kill about 100 people or about 250,000 mice.  That's staggering when one contemplates it.  The Australian Brown Snake is another deadly animal, being able to chase an aggressor and striking it repeatedly with its venom.  Though extremely beautiful, the Coral Snake is deadly with its ability to burrow underground.  Some argue that in Southeast Asia there is a quad squad of "the Big Four," a group of snakes that are responsible for the most amount of human deaths in that region. These four are the Indian Cobra, the Common Krait, Russell's Viper, and the Saw Scaled Viper.   The King Cobra is also considered to be in the same league as this cabal, but it lives in the jungles and is not as accessible to people as the "Big Four" seem to be.

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lit24 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Many factors influence the seriousness of a snake bite. These factors include the victim's  health, size, age, and psychological state.  The nature of the bite may also vary, like penetration of one or both fangs, amount of venom injected , location of the bite , and proximity to major blood vessels. The health of the snake and the interval since it last used its venom mechanism is also important. If the interval between the bites is less then more venom will be present when it bites the next time and if the interval is more then the quantity of venom will be less.  These multiple variables make every bite unique. Depending on circumstances, the bite of a “mildly” venomous snake may be life-threatening and that of a “strongly” venomous snake may not.

However, it is generally agreed that the "Inland Taipan" which is native to Australia is the deadliest snake in the world.

The snakes which account for the largest number of fatalities are found in India. They are, the King Cobra, the Cobra, Russell's Viper, the Krait and the saw scaled viper.

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m1cfuzzy | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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the black mamba i think im onl a high school fresh man so i say TO GOOGLE!

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bloom25 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

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cobras,vipers and adders are some of the most deadly snakes in the world.

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