The 30 Most Dangerous Snakes on Earth

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The 30 Most Dangerous Snakes on Earth

Notes:

First of all, I am not a herpetologist.  This list is for fun and is not to be taken too seriously.   I am sure that there are other psuedonaja, echis or naja species that could have made my list, but I do not know enough about every species/subspecies of every venomous snake genera to make some of those determinations.  I wanted to make sure to get a good sampling of most of the major elapidae and viperidae genera and feel like I have done so; nobody would want to see 15 bothrops species.  I also made sure to list species and not subspecies.  Likewise, I know that there is much debate in the science community about the classification of some of these snakes.  The tiger snakes would be the best example, as many scientists only recognize one notechis species.

For simplification purposes, I have excluded all sea snakes and sea kraits.  With their small size, non-aggressive behavior, and lack of human interaction, none would have likely made my list anyway.

There is little information available about the Central Ranges Taipan, which has recently been discovered.  It is very likely to have made the list if photos/maps/information were available due to its presumed toxicity.

Please check out the Scale and Reasoning page to see how I came up with the scale that I am using.

I have linked each snake's picture to the Wikipedia article about that snake for further information.

Several of the distribution maps show ranges of prominent subspecies, not of the whole species itself.  These include the Russell's Viper, South American Rattlesnake, Western Tiger Snake, and the Coastal Taipan.

 

1.   Russell's Viper (Daboia russelli)       

 

  Human Interaction: 9

  Venom:6

  Aggressiveness: 3

  Size: 2

   Total: 20

 

 

2. Indian Cobra (Naja naja)


 

  Human Interaction: 9

  Venom: 5

  Aggressiveness: 3

  Size: 2

   Total: 19

 


3. Common Saw- Scaled Viper (Echis carinatus)

 

   Human Interaction: 9

   Venom: 4

   Aggressiveness: 5

   Size: 1

    Total: 19

                                         

4. Common Krait (Bungarus caeruleus)

  Human Interaction: 9

  Venom: 6

  Aggressiveness: 2

  Size: 2

   Total: 19

 

5. Common Lancehead (Bothrops atrox)

   Human Interaction: 7

   Venom: 4

   Aggressiveness: 5

   Size: 2

       Total 18

    

6. Terciopelo (Bothrops asper)

  Human Interaction: 7

  Venom: 4

  Aggressiveness: 5

  Size: 2

   Total: 18

 

7. Coastal Taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus)

  Human Interaction: 4

  Venom: 7

  Aggressiveness: 4

  Size: 3

    Total: 18

    

8. Puff Adder (Bitis arietans)

 

    Human Interaction: 7

   Venom: 5

   Aggressiveness: 4

   Size: 2

    Total: 18                                                            


9. Monocled Cobra (Naja kaouthia)

   Human Interaction: 8

   Venom: 5

   Aggressiveness:2

   Size: 2

       Total: 17

  

 

             

10. Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis)

  

  Human Interaction: 3

   Venom:7

   Aggressiveness: 4

   Size: 3


    Total: 17

   



11.  Jararaca (Bothrops jararaca)


  

   Human Interaction: 5

   Venom: 4

   Aggressiveness: 5

   Size: 2

     Total: 16

   

12. Eastern Brown Snake (Pseudonaja textilis)

  Human Interaction: 5

  Venom:7

  Aggressiveness: 2

  Size: 2

   Total: 16

 

13. Chinese Cobra (Naja atra)

   Human Interaction: 7

   Venom: 5

   Aggressiveness: 2

   Size: 2

     Total: 16      

 

 

14. King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah)
 

   

     Human Interaction: 3

     Venom : 6

     Aggressiveness: 3

     Size: 3

        Total: 15

     

  

  

                 

15. South American Rattlesnake (Crotalus durissus)

   Human Interaction: 6

   Venom: 4

   Aggressiveness: 3

   Size: 2

     Total: 15

 

16. Eastern Tiger Snake ( Notechis scutatus)

 

  Human Interaction: 3

   Venom: 7

   Aggressiveness: 3

   Size: 2

      Total: 15

   

17. Western Tiger Snake (Notechis ater)

   Human Interaction: 3

   Venom: 7

   Aggressiveness: 3

   Size: 2

     Total: 15     

 

18.  Western Brown Snake (Pseudonaja nuchalis)

  Human Interaction: 4

  Venom: 6

  Aggressiveness: 3

  Size: 2

   Total: 15

                        

   

   

19. Common Death Adder (Acanthophis antarcticus)

 

 

  Human Interaction: 4

  Venom: 6

  Aggressiveness: 3

  Size: 2

    Total: 15

 

20. Egyptian Cobra (Naja haje)

 

   

 Human Interaction: 5

 Venom: 6

 Aggressiveness: 2

 Size: 2

    Total: 15

21. Inland Taipan (Oxyuranus scutellatus)

  

   Human Interaction: 2

   Venom: 7

   Aggressiveness: 3

   Size: 2

     Total: 14

  

22. Philippine Cobra (Naja philippinensis)

Human Interaction: 4

Venom: 5

Aggressiveness: 3

Size: 2

  Total: 14

 

23. Dugite (Psuedonaja affinis)

 

  Human Interaction:  3

  Venom: 6

  Aggressiveness: 2

  Size: 3

    Total: 14

   

24. West African Carpet Viper (Echis ocellatus)

 

 Human Interaction: 4

 Venom:  4

 Aggressiveness: 5

 Size: 1

   Total: 14  

25. Mexican West-Coast Rattlesnake (Crotalus basilicus)


   Human Interaction: 4

   Venom: 5

   Aggressiveness: 3

   Size: 2

     Total: 14

       

   

26. Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox)
 

  

   Human Interaction: 4

   Venom: 5

   Aggressiveness: 3

   Size: 2

     Total: 14

  

    

27. South American Bushmaster (Lachesis muta)

  

   Human Interaction: 3

   Venom: 4

   Aggressiveness: 3

   Size: 3

      Total: 13

 

28. Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus)

 

 Human Interaction: 4

 Venom: 4

 Aggressiveness: 2

 Size: 3

   Total 13

 

29. Mulga Snake (Pseudechis australis)

  Human Interaction: 4

  Venom: 4

  Aggressiveness: 3

  Size: 2

    Total: 13

 

 

30. Gaboon Viper (Bitis gabonica)

    Human Interaction:4

    Venom:5

    Aggressiveness:1

    Size: 3

      Total: 13

 

 File:Bitis-gabonica-range-map.png

 

Honorable Mention (in no particular order):
Mohave Rattlesnake, Painted Carpet Viper, Palestinian Viper, Golden Lancehead, Speckled Brown Snake, Spotted Mulga Snake, Blue Krait, Forest Cobra, Jararacussu, Central Ranges Taipan, Boomslang, Sri Lankan Krait, Central American Bushmaster, Two-Striped Forest Pitviper, Neuwieds Lancehead, Mamushi, Okinawa Habu, Malayan Pitviper, Cantil, 100-Pace Snake

 

 

 

 

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