• The 24-36 inch copperhead is responsible for approx. 35 % of all venomous bites in USA. Read More
  • Cottonmouth snakes forage by ambushing their prey, and will avoid humans at all costs. Read More
  • The average death rate from krait bites in Asia is 7 %. It is highly feared in India. Read More
  • The puff adder can strike with lightning speed and most of its victims are from Africa. Read More
  • Cobra's are the largest and deadliest snakes in the world. Read More
  • Known by its triangular head. The venom from the Russel's viper causes renal failure within hours.
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  • The coral snake is not as dangerous as people think and fatalities are uncommon.
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  • The gaboon is a rather calm snake, but deaths from its venom occur fast.
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  • Lancehead snakes accounts for approx. 90 % of all snake envenomations in South America.
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  • The rattlesnakes rattle is composed of scales. Amputations from its bite are common.
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  • The taipan snake has the lowest LD50-value of all snakes. 0.030 mg/kg can kill 50 people.
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  • Bushmasters are the largest vipers and lengths of 6 feet are common.
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  • The black mamba is largest and deadliest snake of Africa. Most, but not all, survive its bite.
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  • Fangs of sea snakes are mostly to short to penetrate human skin. Related to Cobras!
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  • Tiger snakes are roaming around Australia, including islands such as Tasmania.
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  • The death adder can attract prey by wiggling its tail. Its venom is slow to take effect.
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  • The boomslang is long and slender perfectly camouflaged African snake.
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  • Burrowings asps have the longest fangs relative to their head size of any snakes.
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  • The Moorish viper is the largest viper in Africa. It has a zig-zag pattern on its body.
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  • The horned viper is a typical ambusher. Usually, its bite is not deadly.
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  • The night adder is responsible for most venomous snake bites in Africa - it is not deadly.
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  • The most common types of antivenom and how it is produced and used.
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  • Read about people who has survived snake bites and see how bites affected them.
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  • See annotated videos of venomous snakes from around the world.
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  • See annotated images of venomous snakes from around the world.
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  • How did snakes evolve and how is the geological record of snakes.
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  • See a top 5 list of the most venomous snakes in the world.
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Snake Pictures

By Anders Nielsen, Ph.d.

On this page you will find some snake pictures. In those pictures where a snake is held, no harm was done to the snake. The snakes were subsequently set free into their natural habitat. For more information about venomous snakes, please visit the home site of this webpage.

You can find dozens of places with snake pictures. The best is actually image search results, Google's snake images and Bing's snake images. Both are compilations of photos from many snake sites with pictures.

A coral snake in water - Costa Rica

Swimming Coral Snake

This coral snake was photographed swimming in Florida, USA. Coral snakes are rather small snakes with a very dangerous and venomous bite. However, because they are rather small, they might not be able to penetrate the skin of larger animals. This, and because they are only found in Florida, is also the reason why there are so few envenomations by coral snakes in the U.S.

A king cobra

The Feared King Cobra

The rumors about the king cobra are worse than the snake itself. Even though they are the largest venomous species on earth and can reach a size of 18 feet, they are often found in rainforests where there are very few people. And the snake itself prefers to stay away from humans. It is also a very alert snake that sees people before the people see it and hence tries to escape. The king cobra here is not very big. Please visit the video section for a larger specimen.

A western rattlesnake

Western Rattlesnake

In the United States, the number of bites from rattlesnakes is increasing. Whether this is due to people spending more time in rattlesnake territory is unknown. Rattlesnakes see humans as gigantic predators, and usually they are only aggressive if they get scared. If threatened, they can strike up to two-thirds of their own length. In captivity, rattlesnakes are larger than in the wild, probably due to resource scarcity. If you see one, don't kill it but leave it alone.

Copperhead snake

Intense Pain From Its Bite

Copperhead snakes are the venomous species in the U.S. that inflicts the most venomous bites across the country. Fortunately its venom is not very strong, and most people survive its bite without the use of antivenom. Occasionally a person or two dies from its bite. However, that is due to an allergic reaction as its venom is not strong. People also die from bee stings due to allergic reactions.

The Banded Krait

This snake is feared all over India and Pakistan because of the many deaths. Deaths from its bite are due to respiratory failure, and approximately seven percent of those bitten die from its venom.

Cottonmouth snake - mouth and pupils

Cottonmouth Snake—Only Swallows Dead Animals

Although the cottonmouth is more venomous than its close sibling, the copperhead, bites from the cottonmouth do not usually result in deaths if you are the size of a human. The cottonmouth is characterized by its mouth, which is completely white inside. In contrast to many other snakes, the cottonmouth does not swallow its prey until it is completely dead. It usually holds the prey in its mouth until the prey dies from a combination of the venom and shock.

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