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What is the Most Venomous Snake on Earth?

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Snakes are one of the most feared creatures on earth. Ophiophobia is the fear of Snakes and it is one of the most common phobias in the world.

Inland Taipan is the most venomous snake on earth
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Snakes are found everywhere except in Antarctica, Iceland, Ireland, Greenland and New Zealand. Most of the Snakes are found in tropical regions. They can live in almost any environment, ranging from jungles and deserts to lakes and mountains.

There are more than 20 snake families that have been recognized which comprise about 520 genera and about 3600 species all around the world. Out of these only 600 are Venomous Snakes.

What is the Most Venomous Snake on Earth?

Inland Taipan is the most venomous snake on the Earth. Inland Taipan can be found in the Channel country of south-western Queensland and north-eastern South Australia.

Inland Taipan - Most Venomous Snake on earth
Inland Taipan – Most Venomous Snake on Earth

The Inland Taipan is dark tan, ranging from a rich, dark hue to a brownish light-green, depending on season. Its back, sides and tail may be different shades of brown and grey, with many scales having a wide blackish edge.

Inland taipan has excellent eyesight and sense of smell which are used for detection of the prey. They eat rodents, small mammals and birds.

Average length of inland taipan is approximately 5.9 feet but some can reach up to a length of 8.2 feet.

A single bite of inland taipai is so lethal that it can kill at least 100 fully grown men. It is an extremely fast and agile snake that can strike instantly with extreme accuracy. It often strikes multiple times in the same attack.

With an LD/50 of 0.03mg/kg, it is 10 times as venomous as the Mojave Rattlesnake, and 50 times more than the common Cobra.

Fortunately, the Inland Taipan is not particularly aggressive and is rarely encountered by humans in the wild.

No fatalities have ever been recorded, though it could potentially kill an adult human within 45 minutes.

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