10 Types Of Snakes Ranked By Danger Level In 2024

Inland Taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus): Also known as the "fierce snake," the inland taipan is considered the most venomous snake in the world based on its LD50 (lethal dose for 50% of tested animals)

Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis): The black mamba is one of the fastest and most venomous snakes in Africa. It is highly aggressive when threatened and has a potent neurotoxic venom that can be fatal if not treated promptly

Eastern Brown Snake (Pseudonaja textilis): Found in Australia, the eastern brown snake is highly venomous and responsible for the majority of snakebite deaths in the country. It is known for its defensive behavior and quick strikes

Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus): Tiger snakes are found in Australia and are known for their potent venom, which contains both neurotoxic and coagulant components. They can be aggressive when threatened and are responsible

Coastal Taipan (Oxyuranus scutellatus): Similar to the inland taipan, the coastal taipan is highly venomous and found in northern Australia. While less venomous than the inland taipan, its potent venom can be fatal without prompt medical treatment

King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah): The king cobra is the longest venomous snake in the world and is found in Southeast Asia. It has a potent neurotoxic venom and can deliver a large amount of venom in a single bite, making it dangerous to humans

Saw-scaled Viper (Echis carinatus): Saw-scaled vipers are found in various regions of Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. They are known for their aggressive behavior and quick strikes, as well as their cytotoxic venom, which can cause severe tissue damage

Rattlesnake (Crotalus spp. and Sistrurus spp.): Rattlesnakes are found throughout the Americas and are known for their distinctive rattling sound. They have hemotoxic venom that can cause tissue necrosis and organ damage

Fer-de-Lance (Bothrops spp.): Found in Central and South America, fer-de-lance snakes are responsible for numerous snakebite fatalities in the region. They have hemotoxic venom that can cause severe tissue damage and coagulopathy

Boomslang (Dispholidus typus): The boomslang is found in sub-Saharan Africa and has a potent hemotoxic venom that affects the blood's ability to clot. While it is not aggressive towards humans, its venom can be deadly if not treated promptly