This post is not just for the bigshots like you and me who thrive on fear and love the adrenalin rush when encountering extremely poisonous and life-threatening snakes. It’s also a short informational and educational tour for all those who are indeed scared of snakes. The thing about empowering yourself with education is that through knowledge you can equip yourself well for dangerous situations and awkward circumstances. I feel that for most of you living in densely populated urban environments, the chances of you encountering any one of the world’s most venomous snakes are fairly remote.
So relax and enjoy this short, frightening collection I’ve managed to put together for you. Mind you, there is every chance that you may be out in the country or in the bush for whatever recreational, environmental or professional reasons, so perhaps you should take careful note. In actual fact, it is quite easy for you to prepare yourself for encounters with poisonous snakes out in the bush, so don’t be scared and take heart that you are still potentially master over the reptilian species that was cursed to crawl on its belly for all of its natural and evolutionary life.
Fifty percent of all bites from this snake are deadly. Its venom is sixteen times deadlier than that of a Cobra. It quickly induces muscle paralysis by drastically weakening the nerves. This snake is a cannibal, hunting other Kraits, and is the deadliest of its species. Fortunately they are fairly timid and prefer to be active, aggressively so, at night. In regard to its timidity, it would much rather hide than fight.
The venom of most rattlesnake species is destructive. It destroys tissue, degenerates organs and causes disruptive blood clotting. Interestingly, young rattlesnakes are considered to be more dangerous than adults because of its inability to control the amount of venom it injects. You know when a rattlesnake is about simply by way of its tell-tale rattle. The Eastern Diamondback is the most venomous rattlesnake in North America.
This is one scary creature indeed. It is extremely aggressive and strikes accurately. Just one bite can kill anything between ten to twenty adults. The snake can strike up to twelves times in one confrontation, as if one strike were not enough. Don’t even bother running from this fearsome creature. It is the fastest land snake in the world, travelling up to twenty kilometres per hour, if necessary. While one bite carries about one hundred milligrams of venom, just a quarter of that is sufficient to kill a human being.
Expect a slow and painful death when pecked by these creatures that have triangular shaped heads, similar to those of vipers. Their bodies are short and squat. They can inject up to one hundred milligrams of venom from a single bite. The bite causes paralysis and death can come about after six hours of writhing pain. Respiratory failure is the major symptom from its bite.
EASTERN BROWN SNAKE
This snake is the most venomous of the lot. This snake is a contradiction in terms from what I said earlier. Quite unfortunately, it seems to thrive in busy urban environments in Australia. So if you’re not Australian, breathe a sigh of relief, I suppose. This snake moves fast. It is aggressive. This snake is one of a kind. Under certain (extreme) circumstances it will chase its would-be aggressors and strike repeatedly at them. Baby brown snakes can kill humans too. Its venom contains a mixture of neurotoxins and blood coagulants.
Luckily for the Australians, less than half this snake’s bite actually contains venom, and this snake would much rather not bite at all. The Eastern Brown snake only reacts to movement, so if you are able to detect it when encountering it out in the bush mainly, stand very still. That goes for all deadly, venomous snakes, really. If you’re out in the wild and you do encounter any snakes at all, just stand still and keep calm. Chances are very good that the snake won’t even notice you and will just pass you by. It may seem tricky and uncomfortable when you are in warm environments, but wear long trousers when traversing areas known to have a population of deadly snake species.
Wear thick hiking socks and thick hiking boots or walking shoes during your expedition. It will also be ideal for you to wear thick, long-sleeved shirts. And, of course you’ll need to carry an anti-venom pack with you in case of accidents. If you encounter any such snakes in your home, alert the experts and they’ll come and fetch the snake. Most urban municipalities have information on these snake catchers and give directions on how you can reach them, if necessary.