In the wild there are various weapons that can be used for attack or defence. Such weapons often involve horns, claws and teeth that can do a great deal of damage to an opponent. Size, speed and strength can also be used in offence or for protection. Some animals, however, took to chemical solutions and evolved toxins that are harmful to our bodies. Some snake species are well known for this and can inject toxins that can do a great deal of damage indeed. For this reason, mankind has long held a fear of snakes, and it is a fear that is often justified.
The good news is that the vast majority of snake species have only a mild venom or no venom at all. In addition, most would also do their best to try and keep clear of us, only biting when they feel threatened. Even then, some will only bite as a warning and only inject venom as a last resort. The symptoms of a bite can range from mildly uncomfortable to extremely painful and life-threatening. The bite from some species is almost certainly fatal if medical assistance is not found in time.
Some species of snake in particular have developed a reputation for being extremely dangerous, and here’s a look at some of the most notorious of all.
Poisonous Snake #10: Cobra
The cobra is among the most feared of all snakes on the planet and for good reason. There are several species of cobra, and all of them are highly venomous. They are common throughout their range and regularly come into contact with man, which often leads to bites. Most species of cobra are known for rearing up when threatened and extending their characteristic hoods. Some cobras can also spit venom, potentially blinding any person or other animal on contact.
The largest of all is the famous king cobra, which is also the largest venomous snake on the planet. They generally reach somewhere between 10-13 feet long, with the longest ever recorded measuring 19 feet. While bites on people from king cobras are not common, they can be fatal. Death can occur within 30 minutes meaning that immediate medical assistance is required in the case of a bite. If no such assistance is immediately available, the chance of survival is virtually zero.