Animals/Plants The Scariest Types of Snakes in the World  

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One of the most common fears people have is a healthy fear of snakes. We say "healthy" due to the fact that there are some species of snakes dangerous to humans, which require a certain amount of fear should you happen to have one slither across your path. Snake attacks aren't necessarily a common occurrence in most urban areas, but when one of the most dangerous snakes found on this list does strike, it can cause severe damage.

You may not realize it, but there are thousands of species of snakes and the scariest kinds could be lurking in your backyard right now—especially if you happen to be reading this in Australia, India, or pretty much anywhere. A good rule of thumb when dealing with the types of snakes to follow—which are any you don't know very well—is to avoid them.

It's healthy to be afraid of snakes simply due to the fact that many species can be deadly. Some are ugly while others have beautiful scale patterns, but all of them are predators. In most cases, they aren't eating people, but that doesn't mean they won't take a stab at you if you get too close. Snakes that attack humans can end up killing someone and, while most of them take care of our rodent problem, the worst types of snakes found on this list are those you should definitely be afraid of.

Eastern brown snake is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Types of Snakes in the World
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Eastern Brown Snake


Size: 4.9' to 7.9' (1.5 to 2.4 meters).

Location: Eastern and central Australia and Southern New Guinea.

Distinguishing Features: Most individuals are brown in color with a cream-yellow underside. Some have been found to be almost jet-black in color.

Why You Should Be Scared: The Eastern Brown Snake is considered the second-most venomous snake in the world. In Australia, where snake bites aren't too uncommon, its bite accounts for 60% of all snake-bite fatalities.

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Taipan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Types of Snakes in the World
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Inland Taipan


Size: 5.9' to 8.2' long (1.8 to 2.5 meters).

Location: Arid, central locations in Australia.

Distinguishing Features: Most are dark tan in color, but some individuals have been found that are a light-green, which may be due to seasonal changes. It has a round snouted head and has relatively short fangs (3.5 to 6.2 mm long).

Why You Should Be Scared: When it comes to snake venom lethality, look no further than the Inland Taipan. These snakes are the most venomous in the world. It has the most toxic venom of all reptiles and a single bite's worth of venom can kill up to 100 adult humans. An untreated bite will likely kill someone within as little as 30-45 minutes, so immediate treatment is a must. 

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Black mamba is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Types of Snakes in the World
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Black Mamba


Size: 6.6' to 9.8' (2 to 3 meters), though some specimens have been found to grow to nearly 15' (4.5 meters).

Location: Sub-Saharan Africa.

Distinguishing Features: The Black Mamba is the longest species of venomous snake in sub-Saharan Africa. They are not black as the name suggests, but rather grey to dark brown.

Why You Should Be Scared: Their venom is extremely toxic and can result in death in less than five minutes—making their bites almost always lethal. They are the most feared snakes in all of Africa and given that they dwell in trees, they have been known to drop down on unsuspecting victims and kill with a single strike. Their bite is known across the continent as the "Kiss of death".

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Echis carinatus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Types of Snakes in the World
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Saw-Scaled Viper


Size: Relatively small. Adults range from 1' to 3' (0.3 to 0.9 meters).

Location: Dry regions and savannas north of the Equator. They can be found throughout Africa, the Middle East, and southwest Asia to India and Sri Lanka.

Distinguishing Features: They have a pear-shaped head, vertically elliptical pupils, rough scales, and a short, thin tail.

Why You Should Be Scared: They may look small and innocuous, but their bites make them one of the deadliest snakes in the world. Saw-Scaled Vipers live in densely populated areas, which place them in close proximity to people. Their mortality rate is around 20%, meaning one in five people die from their bites.

Scientific Name: Echis carinatus

Rank: Species

Type Of: Echis

Types: Echis carinatus sochureki, Echis carinatus astolae, Echis carinatus sinhaleyus, Echis carinatus multisquamatus

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