SPOOKY! Discover the 10 Scariest Snakes in the World!

Can you imagine hiking on a trail, turning a corner, and seeing a huge King cobra with its head raised to your eye level, puffing, and hissing, bobbing its head back and forth with half-inch fangs ready to strike? Now that would be scary! King cobras are the largest venomous snake in the world, with some that can get to be 18 feet long. What about a snake that spits venom or gnaws on its victim? Are there snakes that strike over and over again? Let’s find out about some of the scariest snakes in the world.

#10) What is the biggest scary snake in the world?

The Green Anaconda can be 20-30 feet long and weigh 550 lbs.

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The Green Anaconda is the biggest snake in the world. It lives in the rain forests in South America. A green anaconda can grow to be 20-30 feet long. If an office cubicle is 10 feet long, this snake will reach 3 office cubicles long. And we are not talking about a snake the size of a garden hose; this snake is thick! It can weigh as much as 550 lbs! Definitely one of the scariest snakes!

#9) The scary combination of Red, Yellow and Black

Coral snakes have a distinct black, yellow, and red coloration.

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Another one of the scariest snakes is the coral snake. You may have heard the catchy life-saving rhyme, “Red touching black, safe for Jack. Red touching yellow, kill a fellow”. I prefer the rhyme, “Red, yellow and black, just stay back!” Why take the chance? The rhyme refers to the deadly coral snake, which looks like other non-venomous snakes but is very dangerous. The eastern coral snake and harlequin snake live in the southeastern states in the United States. Coral snakes are skinny snakes that get to be about 3 feet long. They are banded with alternating wide black, thin yellow, wide red, thin yellow, wide black designs. They have small heads but deliver a potent venom, a neurotoxin that affects the nervous system. Seek immediate medical attention if you are bitten by any red, yellow, and black snake, to be safe.

#8) Have you ever heard of a snake with horns?

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Horned vipers have horns above their eyes, and they are venomous.

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Horned vipers are snakes that have horns above their eyes. They are venomous and live in the Middle East and Africa deserts. They hide in the sand and wait to ambush their prey, but humans are not one of their targets. They are smaller snakes, usually less than 2 feet long, and prefer lizards and rodents as prey.

#7) What snake has the scariest fangs?

Gaboon Vipers have the longest fangs in the world. Some can reach 2 inches long and deliver a painful bite.

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Gaboon Vipers have the scariest fangs! They have the longest fangs in the world, with some measuring about 2 inches long! They don’t just bite-n-go; they hang on to dispense the most possible venom. The Gaboon viper bite is one of the most painful snake bites in the world. Luckily, they are not aggressive snakes, so bites on humans are not common.

#6) What scary snake bites more than once?

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The Inland Taipan has one of the most lethal venoms in the world.

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The Inland taipan also called the fierce snake, is very scary because not only does it have one of the most lethal venoms in the world, it bites more than once. It is said that one bite is deadly enough to kill 100 men, but it bites, reloads, and bites again, over and over! If you get bitten, you may only have 30 minutes to live. The good news is that it lives in remote parts of Australia and rarely comes in contact with humans.

#5) What scary snake hesses and spits venom?

Mozambique Spitting Cobra (Naja mossambica) spitting its venom in defense.  The snake is is slate to blue, olive or tawny black above, with some or all scales black-edging.
The Mozambique spitting cobra can spit its venom up to 10 feet.

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The Mozambique spitting cobra is a highly venomous snake that can raise its body, make threatening hisses, and spit venom up to 10 feet away! The venom is cytotoxic, causing tissue damage where it comes into contact with your skin. If it sprays venom in your eyes, you could go blind. This cobra can be found in countries in southern Africa, including Mozambique. According to a research study of Mozambique spitting cobras, “A large percentage of the bites (94%) occurred inside human dwellings, and of these, 81% occurred while the victims were asleep.” So they will try to kill you in your home while you sleep! Now that is scary!

#4) What snake wraps itself around its victim crushing it to death?

Burmese Python
Pythons wrap around their prey and squeeze until it dies before swallowing it whole.

If you fell to the ground and came face to face with a Boa Constrictor or Python, you could be in for the “hug of your life.” These giant snakes wrap themselves around their prey and squeeze until the victim can no longer breathe. As if that is not bad enough, they swallow their prey whole! In 2018, several news outlets, including USA Today, the Washington Post, and the BBC, reported that an Indonesian woman was attacked and swallowed whole by a 23-foot Reticulated Python! The villagers found a large, bloated snake nearby and cut it open to recover the dead woman’s body. Now, that is scary.

#3) What scary snake gnaws viciously on its victims?

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Boomslangs can gnaw at their victim and deliver a deadly venom.

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Don’t be fooled by the cute green, big-eyed, Boomslang. It looks like a garden hose with cartoon eyes. You find it attractive until the mouth is opened at 180°, revealing two sharp fangs in the back of its throat. Boomslangs are rear-fanged snakes with their fangs located in the rear of their mouth; therefore, they need to get their mouths opened pretty big to deliver their deadly venom. Once they chew down, they keep gnawing almost like a piranha! Their venom is slow-acting but deadly, causing internal bleeding. There is an anti-venom to cure the effects of the bite. They can be found in Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique.

#2) What is the deadliest snake in the United States?

Mojave Rattlesnake
The Mojave rattlesnake is the most deadly snake in the United States.

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The Mojave rattlesnake is the deadliest snake in the United States. It is found in the southwestern states of Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, California, and Nevada. Rattlesnakes will let you know they are ticked off by raising their heads, fanning their neck, showing their fangs, and rattling their tail. If you turn and run, they may chase you down! Now, that is scary! If they catch up with you and strike with their fangs, you will quickly feel their venom effects. Their venom contains neurotoxins and hemotoxins, which can attack your nervous system and slow blood clotting. In the United States, most medical facilities have anti-venom, which can treat the effects of the bite.

#1) What is the deadliest snake in the world?

Deadliest Snakes - Indian Saw Scaled Viper
The Saw-scaled viper is the deadliest snake in the world.

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The Saw-scaled viper is the deadliest snake in the world. It is not the largest snake, about 3 feet long, but it kills more people than any other snake. This aggressive snake is found in West Africa and parts of South Asia, including India. The nocturnal saw-scaled viper is quick to bite, moves by sidewinding locomotion towards its victim, its scales making a hissing sound, getting louder as it approaches, then BAM!, a quick, painful bite full of a cocktail of deadly venom.

The venom of the saw-scaled viper wreaks all kinds of havoc. Some snake venom just paralyzes its victim, but the saw-scaled venom has cardiotoxins (attacks your heart), neurotoxins (attacks your nervous system), and hemotoxins (makes it hard for your blood to clot so you bleed internally). These bites can be fatal in areas with no local access to health care. In my book, deadly=scary, so the saw-scaled viper is the scariest snake in the world!

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