What is the most venomous snake in the world?
That's a difficult question to answer. Are we measuring based strictly on the per milliliter toxicity of the venom? Are we measuring by the dose of venom the snake is able to administer in one bite? Are we considering a healthy adult, or sick, young, or elderly person? Maybe we are looking at the snake species which has killed the most people overall. Each one of those have to be taken into account when saying which snake is the most venomous. A better way to word this question would be What is the most dangerous snake in the world?. Because what we want to know is which snake is most likely to kill someone.
Most people have heard something to the effect that a King Cobra can deliver "enough venom to kill an elephant" which is true but that says nothing about the toxic makeup of their venom. In fact it is some of the least toxic of the venomous snake species, but the danger is in the amount of the dose they can deliver. King Cobra actually kill the most people of any snake, but that's largely to due with the huge populations of people in their native habitats.
On the other hand there is a snake called Faint Banded Sea Snake (Hydrophis belcheri) which many experts say is the most venomous snake known to man. These snakes however rarely bite humans, and even more rarely actually envenomate when they do bite.
Then you have the so-called Fierce Snake (Inland Taipan) is the most toxic land dwelling snake. It can kill up to 100 humans with ONE bite. Fact is that there are no known and recorded deaths as a result of this snake. They are actually very docile and shy, not likely to strike at a human.
So what is the most dangerous snake in the world? Quite possibly the Black Mamba because:
- It can strike up to 12 times in a row
- Each bite can deliver enough venom to kill 10 to 25 grown men
- When cornered it is extremely aggressive
- It has a long striking range
- It can kill in less than 30 minutes
- Mortality rate is around 75%