Make sure you never run into one of these!
Found all over the world, few creatures inspire fear like the snake. While most species of snakes that look frightening actually pose no real danger to humans, there are many types of highly venomous snakes whose bites will kill if an antitoxin isn’t administered. Learn more about these slithering killers, where they live, and how to identify them if so you know just what kind of creature you’re dealing with.
Africa’s longest venomous snake, the black mamba is found in the Savannah desert, African woodlands, and rocky slopes. Preying on small mammals and birds, it is known as one of the fastest snakes, moving at nearly seven miles per hour in bursts.
South Africans call the black mamba’s bite the “kiss of death,” and though the black mamba usually avoids human confrontation, it will not hesitate to strike if cornered. There is a reason it is considered the most dangerous and feared snake in Africa.
Don’t let the saw-scale’s small size fool you. Native to the Middle East and Central Asia (and most prevalent in India), the saw-scale is one of the deadliest snakes on Earth.
A member of the “Big Four” (the four species that are responsible for the most snakebite cases and deaths), saw-scales are relatively inconspicuous-looking and aren’t afraid of humans which makes them particularly dangerous. These sidewinders are extremely aggressive and strike quickly like a coiled spring.
The “ultimate pit viper” calls Mexico, Central and South America home. It goes by many names including the Bothrops asper, fer-de-lance, and terciopelo which is Spanish for “velvet” ― but there’s nothing soft about this snake!
Symptoms of their bite include pain, oozing from the puncture wounds, swelling, bruising, blisters, numbness, fever, and headache. Famed reptile researcher Douglas March died from a fer-de-lance bite while conducting his studies.