Introduction:In general, snakes get a bad rep. They are animals that are traditionally treated with suspicion, as sly and cunning creatures. The truth is, they are both those things. But they're also remarkable animals with amazing defenses and incredible adaptations. Their ability to be some of the scariest animals on our planet without even having legs is no mean feat!
Here are 5 of the most dangerous snakes.
Found in the semi-arid bush of eastern central Australia, the venom of the inland taipan is by far the most toxic of any in the world. However, unlike its aggressive cousin, the coastal taipan, this snake actually shies away from humans.
This is the longest venomous species, and to add extra menace to its crippling venom and huge fangs, it can raise a third of its body into the air and flare its hood. A single bite can kill an elephant.
One of Asia's most dangerous snakes, its venom isn't as toxic as other species', but this snake lives in populated areas and is quick to bite if it's feeling threatened.
Once thought to be harmless, this rear-fanged snake actually has potent venom, although it is generally a placid snake. It is a tree dweller and lives in sub-Saharan Africa.
This snake is brown in color, and gets its name from the color of the inside of its mouth, which it displays when threatened. It is Africa's longest and one of the world's fastest snakes.
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