Friday, 30 June 2017

Deadliest snakes in the world

The King Cobra can be found all throughout Asia, and in the jungles of India. It also happens to one of the most famous snakes as it is the longest venomous snake in the world. While the King Cobra is deadly to humans, it tends to hunt other snakes, lizards, and rodents more so. Scarily enough, the King Cobra has enough neurotoxin in its venom to paralyze and kill an adult elephant over the span of a few hours. Yikes. Additionally, if a bite is left untreated, the survival rate for humans is about 40 percent.                                                   

With a name like Death Adder, it’s not so surprising that this snake from Australia, New Guinea, and a few nearby islands makes the list. It’s extremely important to know that they’re among the most venomous and fastest striking of all the snakes in the world. They are not active hunters but rather, they lay in wait and ambush their prey. If you are bitten by one then you’ll feel minor discomfort which will then lead to paralysis and respiratory failure within just six hours. Death is a typical result if left untreated but there is an antivenin.

An extreme amount of people have died all over Africa due to bites from a Black Mamba. These snakes are able to strike up to 12 times in succession and each bite is loaded with colossal amounts of neurotoxin. Scarily enough, a Black Mamba bite can pump enough venom into you with just a single bite, killing you up to 25 times over. If untreated, a bite is almost 100 percent deadly, quite often death occurs in as little as 15 minutes.

The Black-banded Sea Krait can be found in most of the warm waters of the western Pacific Ocean. Their venom is also ten times stronger than a cobra which means that they are very, very dangerous. Fortunately, these snakes tend to shy away from humans and will only attack if provoked. Who in his or her right mind wants to provoke a deadly snake?

The Indian Cobra is a part of India’s ‘Big Four’ and is one of the most deadly. They make up the majority of all human snakebites in India. Furthermore, you should know that the Indian Cobra has great stature because of their placement in Indian mythos and culture. Quite often they are used by ‘snake charmers’. Additionally, if you are bitten by the Indian Cobra, you will likely feel paralyzing movements in your nerves; which then leads to respiratory failure and/or a heart attack. Have the snake charmers defanged their slimy pets?  

The Saw Scaled Viper can be found in India, China, and Asia. It’s important to know that these vipers are nocturnal, mean, and incredibly fast. If bitten, you will feel immediate pain which quickly leads to swelling and bleeding from your mouth. Then your blood pressure will plummet, your heart rare will slow, and for the next four to five weeks, you will experience severe pain. When untreated, you could die within a day, or suffer for two weeks straight before you eventually pass away.                                

A member of India’s ‘Big Four’, the Common Krait can grow anywhere from three to five feet in length, with an extremely flat head. Furthermore, if you should encounter one during the day, the snake will hide and if found, it’ll react rather slowly. However if you encounter it at night, the Common Krait will bite at the first sign of annoyance and will grow more agitated much more quickly. Nerve damage, muscle paralysis, and brain damage will follow if a bite is left untreated.

The Inland Taipan is a terribly deadly snake in terms of pure venom as the mixture of taipoxin and neurotoxin will lead to paralysis, blood hemorrhaging, limited breathing, and intense muscle damage. It tends to dwell in inland Australia, and is actually quite reclusive and shy. What’s more is if one does attack, you will likely be dead within 30 to 45 minutes, unless you’re treated almost immediately. The towns in Australia are sparse so if you are bitten by this snake, make your peace with God as soon as you can.       

All throughout Asia, you can find Russell’s Viper. Also known as the Daboia, it is considered one of India’s ‘Big Four’ deadly snakes. This snake is responsible for the most snakebite incidents and deaths among all other venomous snakes in India because of their wide distribution, aggressive demeanor, and frequent occurrences in highly populated areas. Did such a snake belong to an Englishmen named Russel? Was it thusly named Russel by his family after Russell was bitten and died?

The Atheris Hispida is quite a unique looking snake and can be found all throughout the rain forests of Central Africa. And yes, this snake is incredibly venomous with massive eyes, bristled scales, and creepily enough with its retractable claws. Currently, the biggest scare factor is that there is no known antivenin. One bite and and—well, do I have to say more?

The Malayan Snake is also known as the Blue Krait, this snake can be found throughout Southeast Asia and Indonesia. About half of the bites are fatal even if you receive the proper antivenin! Now that’s just plain bad. The Malayan Snake has a venom that is 16 times more toxic than the Cobra.  Doesn’t that give you a warm, cozy feeling knowing that you won’t suffer long after being bitten by this snake?

While Rattlesnakes come off as extremely dangerous, killing machines that hail from North America, they’re actually severely threatened by habitat destruction, poaching, and extermination campaigns. In addition to the above, it’s important to note that they do hunt birds and snakes with the capability of biting and killing anything in its sites due to the toxicity of their venom. They’re also the leader of snakebite injuries in North America, albeit rattlesnakes rarely bite unless provoked or threatened; if treated immediately their bites are seldom fatal.

When I was seven years old, I lived in Central British Columbia in Canada and I and my mother and brother were camping next to a lake. One day, I picked up a rattle snake and brought it into the campground’s lodge where my mother was sitting in the communal room with her friends. As soon as she and the others in the room saw what I had brought with me, everyone bolted out of the room. My mother screamed, “DANNY. One bite from that snake and you will be dead.” I was so disappointed. I wanted to bring it home as a pet.  There is a lesson to be learned in all of this. Be careful who you pick as your pets.

The Philippine Cobra is the most venomous and deadliest snake in the entire Cobra species, as it can spit its venom up to 10 feet in distance! How nice? That’s not the right world. How mortifying. The venom in the Philippine Cobra will immediately alter your nerve workings, which affects your cardiac and respiratory systems within minutes. Sorry. We can’t save you. Would you like your last rights performed before you leave us?

The Elephant Trunk Snake is a creepy, fat snake that can be found all throughout the waters of Indonesia. It has the wrinkly, sagging skin of an elephant and can grow up to 10 feet in length, which is big enough to wrap a man and pull him underwater if he were to get caught unaware. Typically it doesn’t attack humans but that doesn’t mean it can’t kill one.  “Hey Billy. Come on in the water. It’s Uhhhhh …..”

The Anaconda is big enough to swallow a human being whole. What the Anaconda lacks in venom, it makes up for in its enormous size. This snake likes to wrap itself around the victim’s midsection and compress them until they are completely crushed and suffocated at the same time.  

The Boom Slang is generally found in South Africa. These snakes are fast, have the ability to climb trees, and have a deadly bite filled with venomous toxins. They have impeccable eyesight and often move their heads from side to side in order to get a better view of objects that are directly in front of them.

The Peron’s Sea snake can be found in the Gulf of Siam, Strait of Taiwan, Coral Sea islands, and other places. Yes, it has an extremely toxic venom in its bite and it happens to be the only sea snake with spines on its head. 

 The Desert Horned Viper is rather a large snake that has long, light brown patterned dark spots, even sports horns above its eyes. They can be found in the Middle East and northern parts of Africa Likewise the Desert Horned Viper also has extremely potent venom.  

While the Eastern Brown Snake sounds like a generic snake, it actually has enough venom to instantly kill any adult human being. Now that doesn’t bode well with anyone. Researchers advise strongly that if you encounter one, to stay still.  Where the researchers standing in another room when they offered that advice?

There is one snake you don’t want to be swimming near. The Belcher’s Sea Snake is one of the deadliest creatures that can be found anywhere in the world.  No. Their venom is so incredibly potent that even just a milligram could kill thousands of adult human beings. “Hey Billy, I have just been ……”

If you happened to book a cheap flight and hotel reservation in the land down under (Australia, of course) then, the Black Tiger Snake is one to watch out for. When bitten, you can die within half of an hour although fatalities are far more common in the 6 to 24 hour range although I’m not convinced sure that’s providing any comfort at this point.  If you feel tingling, sweating, and numbness after you’ve been bitten, then you need to immediately get to antivenin before it’s too late. Tiger Snakes are actually scared humans so they tend to just slither away but if they’re cornered, they will turn aggressive and strike.

Can you believe it? Some stupid people actually keep poisonous snakes and huge pythons in their homes as their pets.

In January 2017, an anonymous tip led police to a home in North York that had more than 30 venomous snakes on the property. Twenty live and 18 dead snakes were taken from the home after The City of Toronto’s Municipal Licensing and Standards, Toronto police, the Toronto Zoo and Toronto Public Health searched the home with a warrant. The snakes included a variety of vipers, puff adders, hundred pacers, cobras and rattlesnakes. All of them are considered “extremely dangerous.

In Canada, there are currently no federal or provincial laws or regulations that would prohibit entry of these snakes. But all venomous snakes that reach an adult length of larger than three metres are prohibited in Toronto. Subsequently, the fool who had possession of the snakes was charged with 20 counts of having prohibited animals and appeared in court on that same month. I don’t know what his fine was but . each charged offence is a maximum fine of $5,000.

Another fool (a tenant) kept a poisonous snake in his Toronto home. It slithered out of its topless pen and could be heard moving about inside the walls. No one could retrieve it. The owner of the home sent the tenant packing and he couldn’t rent the home to anyone after that.

Mandy Trecartin's sons, six-year-old Connor Barthe and four-year-old Noah Barthe, were found at 6.30 am after an African Rock Python somehow escaped from his enclosure in a pet store beneath the apartment. It slithered through the building's air ducts, punched a hole in the ceiling and fell on the sleeping brothers. Their lifeless bodies were discovered by Jean-Claud Savoie, Ms Trecartin's best friend and the owner of the pet store, Reptile Ocean in Campbellton in New Brunswick, Canada.

Now you can see why pythons and poisonous snakes should never be kept in anyone’s home under any circumstances.

I am now going to follow my own advice and remove my twenty-foot Anaconda. “Come along Betsy. BETSY! Ahhh….ahhh…. 

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