9 of the World’s Deadliest Snakes


A dangerous African snake named for its black mouth
The “black,” or black-mouthed, mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis) inhabits rocky savanna and can often be encountered on the ground, where it seems to be fond of termite mounds

The barba amarilla (“yellow chin”) of Latin America

The quintessential Australian cobra
 


A dangerous snake with a triangular-shaped cross section



The largest relative of the cobra in Australia

The bite of an inland or western taipan—Oxyuranus microlepidotus, also called

The coastal taipan (Oxyuranus scutellatus) produces venom that is nearly identical to that of its inland cousin. Its bite is lethal in more than 80 percent of untreated cases.

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