Everyone is afraid of snakes, or at least they should be. They're tubes of death; they're scary monsters that only exist to haunt the dreams of children everywhere. Venomous snakes are some of the most deadly creatures on the planet, and a quick Google image search for snake bites will show you just how unpleasant their venom can be. Swelling, necrosis, and death are all common symptoms when you're dealing with the world's most venomous snakes.
But which snake bites are the most awful, and is death always guaranteed? These are the questions you should be asking yourself right before you hit that search button. Who knows, maybe you're brave and morbid enough to handle the search results. Snake bite images are gruesome, but the facts behind them can be even more terrifying.
The fer-de-lance is a species of pit viper with a reputation for being wildly aggressive and highly venomous. In Costa Rica alone, they are responsible for nearly 50 percent of venomous snake bites. Steve Rankin, a producer on Bear Gryll's Man vs. Wild, was bitten by one while scouting a location in Costa Rica.
If you want to sleep tonight, you better not Google search what his injuries looked like. Let's just say he's lucky that he still has a foot at all.
One of the most deadly snakes in the United States, the eastern diamondback rattlesnake is not to be trifled with. Bites can be fatal without antivenom, and the way the venom works is terrifying. The diamondback's fangs are filled with a type of venom known as a hemotoxin.
It kills red blood cells and can cause healthy tissue to rot. The pictures are pretty gruesome, so you may want to think twice before checking them out.
If you get bit by a black mamba, you're dead. That's not a joke, that's a real scientific fact. Black mamba bites are 100% fatal if you don't receive antivenom within the first three hours after the bite occurs. That's the maximum amount of time it takes for a mamba's venom to shutdown your entire nervous system, but some people die before even reaching the 20 minute mark.
Although rare, pictures of black mambas bites are hard to stomach.
The saw-scaled viper is a solid candidate for being deemed the venomous snake species that is directly responsible for the most deaths. The bite wounds themselves are extremely gruesome. They are always accompanied by swelling and are often joined by boils, tissue rot, and thinned blood. Saw-scaled viper victims bleed a lot, and often in random spurts of hemophilic outbreaks.