As a photographer, you strive to take the best quality photos you possibly can no matter where you are. There is one “topic” I like and have always wanted to take on and that is to do a photo shoot of some of the most poisonous snakes. You do not always get the opportunity to do so and if you do, you should take it with open arms. Here is some information on poisonous snakes and where to find them.
Taking A Closer Look
Like anything else, there is always a scramble to the top and being named the most poisonous snake is no different. For several years that has been a debate (sometimes rather heated) among snake fanciers, Herpetologists (biologists who study snakes), and other snake handlers as to what was the most poisonous snake. Oddly enough for a long time scientists didn’t know. To explore the fascinating answer to this question you should read this article.
Most Poisonous Snake
For years many snake enthusiasts, believed that the most venomous or “hot” snake was a toss up between the three different ones:
- Beaked Sea Snake (Enhydrina schistosa)
- Inland Taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus)
- Faint-Banded Sea Snake (Hydrophis Belcheri)
Beaked Sea Snake
Beaked Sea Snake (Enhydrina schistosa) which is also call the common sea snake or hook-nosed sea is a native of the seas off the coasts of Arabia, Pakistan, parts of Southeast Asia, Northern Australia and New Guinea. But the common location for this most poisonous snake contender is the coastal waters of India, which is home to 20 other sea snake species.
While this snake’s venom has been rated by scientists to be 4 to 8 times more than lethal as a cobra’s, the Beaked Sea snake is often handled by local fisherman, who accidentally capture it, without fear of being bitten since it a non-aggressive species.
The next most poisonous snake nominee is the Inland Taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus). This snake is native the arid central regions of Australia. The average bit of one of these “beauties” contains enough venom to kill 100 people. This is truly a “hot” or very poisonous snake, because its venom is 400 times more powerful than a cobra and 50 times more deadly than a rattlesnake.
But oddly enough since this most poisonous snake candidate (whose venom could kill a man in under an hour) is extremely timid and seldom attacks unless provoked. And there have been no known human fatalities due to bites from this snake.
Faint-Banded Sea Snake
The final contender for title of most poisonous snake is the Faint-Banded Sea Snake (Hydrophis Belcheri). Also called Belcher’s sea snake since it was first discovered by British explorer Sir Edward Belcher. This friendly snake has a reputation of being slow to provoke to anger luckily for humans, since it quite often discovered entangled in fishing nets in the Indian Ocean off the Philippines, New Guinea, the Gulf of Thailand and coastal waters of northern Australian.
The Hydrophis Belcheri with venom toxicity that is rated 100 times more lethal than the Inland Taipan’s, makes it the most poisonous snake. But since this sociable little snake seldom bites unless severely provoked and even then hardly ever releases its entire store of venom, it is not considered as dangerous or deadly as the Taipan, although it is the most poisonous.
Now that you know about which is the most poisonous snake in the world, you can learn more about these fascinating species and try to capture them on camera.