April 20, 2007
The Boomslang is # 9 on our most deadly list. The Boomslang snake is a rather big , highly venomous tree-dweller snake found throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Boomslangs are greenish to brown or even black in color. These color changes are the greatest of any other snake in their area or habitat. The older females are mostly brown in color, with the males a light green color often with black or blue highlights outlining their scales.
The Boomslang is dangerous because it can blend in with the trees and shrubbery. It is hard to see in the thick forested cover of the desert. As a result, the Boomslang is well blended, and attacks without giving any warning or signal. The Boomslang injects a toxic venom to unwelcome visitors through big, deeply grooved, folded fangs located in the back of its mouth. This snakes’ bite can be very bad if left ignored. The female lays as many as 8 to 25 eggs, which hatch in the spring. They grow to be about 3.5 to 5.5 feet long. The biggest one ever recorded was 6.0 feet long!
March 10, 2007
The Death Adder is #10 most deadly of in our top 10 most deadly venomous snakes. This is a wide, narrow-tailed, brown and reddish orange snake that grows up to 1 meter long. The top part of the body has dark and light gray-brown bands. The head is large and triangular-shaped, and it is wider than the neck, with dents behind the eyes. Its tail is short and gets very narrow, ending with a very small tip.
This snake can have as many as 20 live babies (it doesn’t lay eggs). It eats small animals. The death adder hunts at night. A 10mg dose of its venom is enough to kill a human, and the death adder can give as much as 180 mg in a single bite! That is enough to kill 18 people!
March 10, 2007
All venomous snakes have 2 large fangs which are located in the upper front portion of the mouth. If the victim is bitten and the snake escapes before the identification can be made, the following signs should be noted:
- One to two punctures made by the hollow fangs of the venomous snake. Pain following within 5 to 10 minutes accompanied by swelling and discoloration around the bite area. These symptoms will progress up the victim’s extremity. If the fang enters a vein or artery, these symptoms may not be present.
- Coral Snake bites differ from Pit Viper bites. Their venom is neurotoxic in nature. The bite is usually not painful, little or no swelling or discoloration is present. Symptoms may be delayed for several hours but when they do occur, they progress rapidly. Symptoms include nausea, drowsiness, vomiting, marked salivation and difficulty in breathing. Paralysis is also noted in Coral Snake invenomation.