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Most Dangerous Snake in Africa

What is the most dangerous snake in Africa?

There is no 100% correct answer. Some people say it’s the Black Mamba. In world rankings it rates at No. 42 for the world’s most dangerous snakes. It is a fast striking and moving snake, reaching a top speed of 20km/h. It won’t hesitate to bite and the venom (neurotoxic) is capable of killing a person within 1 hour. If you are allergic to bees, the bite from a Black Mamba can kill you in as short a time as 20 minutes! There are very few incidents of Black Mamba bites throughout Africa every year.

The Puff Adder is also said to be the most dangerous snake in Africa. The reason is they are found throughout Africa and are responsible for the most lethal snakebites every year. Most snakes will move away out of sight if you walk to close to them.
The Puff Adder normally doesn’t move and is often stood on, often resulting in a bite.

The Boom Slang is said to be the most dangerous snake as well. The venom of a Boom Slang is haemotoxic. The venom affects the body’s natural blood clotting mechanism resulting in the bleeding of the internal organs. Sometimes it can take as long as 12 hours before the symptoms of the venom can be felt or seen.
The Boom Slang is a back fanged snake, (fangs at the back of the jaws) which is very misleading, as many people believe that it can only bite you on the hands or feet. This snake is capable of opening its mouth to an angle of 170, so it can grab hold of you just about anywhere.
Fortunately the Boom Slang is quite a placid snake and one would really have to irritate or hurt it to make it bite.

5 comments:

Cats said...

Interesting information. I've heard of Black Mamba and Puff Adder - but never the Boom Slang. Sounds like quite a dangerous snake too...

Mad Bush Farm Crew said...

Great Post. I've been trying to leave a comment on some of the blogs for a couple weeks and couldn't.

Three very different snakes and yet each one is still very very dangerous. Thanks for the insight.

All the best
Liz

Ghost-Freak said...

Quite common knowledge here in Africa, But there are less popular candidates, Such as our Gaboon Viper. Found in mountainous and thick forest areas. Mostly known because of it's fangs (Reaching up to 2 inches). Almost impossible to see due to it's amazing camouflage.

Richard said...

Saw a boomslang in the wild in Rhodesia in 1971 The little bugger was slivering along a branch of a bush on the river's edge when I noticed him while looking through my viewfinder before snapping a pic of a few hippos keeping cool. I think it was the Runde River. Nevertheless,couldn't help but check every bush and tree on the hike back to the road. Had a way of keeping me quite alert afterwards.

Malete Lerole said...

Am very afraid of all snakes even if u are saying some are dangerous and some are not ..... my opinion is that all snakes that can bite are very dangerous