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.
* Due to the non-for-profit and educational nature of this site, I am assuming that Fair Use laws apply to use of copyrighted photographs. If any owner of said copyrighted photographs wished their image to be removed, I will be more than willing to do so upon request.