What are the most deadliest snakes in the world? Snakes have a bad reputation for being one of the most dangerous and creepy animals on the face of this planet. You probably didn’t know that less than 10% of all snake species are venomous. There are more than 2500 snake species and less than 200 of these species can kill you. So, if you randomly pick a snake, there is an 8% chance that this snake is venomous. I am not even assuming that you will avoid snakes that make a rattle sound.
Insider Monkey published a ton of articles on snakes, especially this one with the title 20 most deadliest snakes in the world. Here is an excerpt from the article:
“The number of deaths caused by snakes is not linked to the snakes’ venom strength, since many of those snakes seldom get in touch with humans because of the different environment they inhabit. Although Australia is the richest in venomous snake species, as you can check out in our article on 20 Most Venomous Snakes in the World, only 30 deaths have been recorded in the last 20 years in Australia from snake bites.”
Basically snakes are deadly because most people in rural Africa, India, and southeast Asia don’t have access to anti-venom kits or medical care to treat snake bites. Mosquitoes kill more people in these areas than snakes, yet we don’t see Hollywood producers making movies about “killer mosquitoes”. I guess if you aren’t as big as an anaconda, it doesn’t matter you kill millions of people. Another Insider Monkey article about the 11 deadliest animals in the world reveals that box jellyfish is among the top 3 deadliest animals. “The box jellyfish have a lot of sub-species and each of them is considered very deadly. The floating translucent fishes may not seem much of a threat, but they have one of the most venomous and painful stings known to man. Most who have encountered a box jellyfish have not lived to tell the tale of its sting,” Vincent Roy states.
The bottom line is that we are, especially the people living in the developed world, unnecessarily scared of snakes. All we need to do is to not go to a snake shop and buy a venomous snake or a python that can some day hurt us or someone we love. A large number of snake related injuries are caused by the pets we own (the same way as gun related death; most gun owners are more likely to be killed by their own guns).