Reptiles – 8 Most Lethal in the World

8 Most Lethal Reptiles in the World – These deadly, fatal and highly dangerous reptiles are some of the most lethal animals on earth! From snakes to alligators, these reptiles could poison, attack and easily kill you…

8: King Cobras

Roaming the forests of India and southeast Asia, King Cobras hold the distinction of being the longest poisonous snakes in the world. On average, these reptiles grow up to 18 feet in length! In addition to their large size, cobras are extremely dangerous. Just one bite from this snake is poisonous enough to kill a person if not treated properly. Even if a bite turns out to be dry—or non-lethal—it can still cause extreme pain, drowsiness, vertigo, blurred vision, and potential paralysis in the victim. If a victim does not quickly receive medical attention, they can face death within just 30 minutes of being bit. According to scientists, King Cobras posses enough venom to kill an elephant within two minutes. Generally speaking, King Cobras do not pose a major threat to humans, as they try to avoid confrontations with potential threats. They’ll always first attempt escaping a potentially dangerous situation. They also avoid areas populated by people, so most folks living in India are not likely to come across a Cobra. Most bite victims of King Cobras are snake handler, who seek out the snakes to tame them. On the rare occasion that a Cobra does attack a person, they will spread out their hood, rise up, and emit a loud hissing sound. Humans tend to misjudge a Cobra’s striking distance, since it will only rise up about 6 feet, but can strike nearly the entire length of its body.

7: Komodo Dragons

With an average length of 10 feet, Komodo Dragons are the largest lizards in the world. They’re also one of the most dangerous reptiles in the world. In the Indonesian Island, they reign supreme over their ecosystem. Komodo Dragons prefer to ambush and charge their prey, biting their throats to kill them. Their diet consists of many different animals including small mammals, monkeys, horses, goats, and other reptiles, and on occasion, humans. When a Komodo Dragon bites their prey, they release venom that slowly weakens them. The Dragons will usually wait until their victim dies before consuming them, though smaller animals are sometimes eaten alive, there have been reports of Komodo Dragons digging up human corpses and feasting on them. Locals responded by burying their deceased under rocks so the dragons could not get to the bodies. Generally, attacks on humans have been extremely rare. However, in the past decade there have been several notable incidents. An 8-year-old boy was killed by a Komodo Dragon in 2007 while playing with friends. The boy’s uncle was able to fen off the Dragon, but the boy’s wounds probed to be fatal. In 2009, a man fell out of a tree in his garden and was quickly bit by a Komodo Dragon that was lounging underneath the tree. Although his neighbors rushed to his rescue, his wounds were too fatal and he quickly bled to death.

6: Malayan Water Monitor

A Malayan Water Monitor is also known by many other names such as rice lizard, plain lizard, ring lizard or a two-banded monitor. They inhabit Southern Asia and are one of the most common lizards in the region. Water Monitors grow very large, reaching lengths of about 6 feet long and weighing up to 45 pounds. Their sharp teeth, claws, and powerful tails are often used as defense mechanisms. Also, they eat almost anything, preying on fish, lizards, snakes, and even baby crocodiles and crocodile eggs. Water Monitors actively stalk their prey. They do not try to ambush or surprise them. They attack them head on, using their size, speed, and venom to take over their prey. Their bites are also known to be extremely painful and venomous.

5: The Common Anaconda

Also known as The Green Anaconda, these large reptiles grow an average of up to 17 feet long. They’re both the longest and heaviest snakes in the world, with full grown adults weighing up to 150 pounds. Some historic records claim of anacondas that reached up to 40 feet long, though these claims have not been substantiated. Anacondas populate many countries in South America in swamps, rivers and marshes. They move very quickly on the water, where they will wait to ambush their prey. They pose a threat to just about anything that crosses their paths. They’ve been known to overpower large animals such as deer and antelope and can even take down large caimans. They primarily feed on fish, birds, and smaller mammals. Their size and strength allow them to constrict their prey so they can suffocate them to death. Any animal that encounters an Anaconda is potential prey. Anacondas have been a popular subject in legends and modern popular culture. In the Anaconda series of movies, they are portrayed as giant man-eating snakes, although they do not typically eat humans in real life. But Anacondas have been known to have killed people in the past. In 2013 an Anaconda killed two children after escaping from a pet store in Canada. The kids were aged 5 and 7 respectively. Many scientists refer to them as “generalists” which means that although they may not typically eat humans, they tend to eat anything they can overpower.

4: Nile Monitor

Growing up to 5 feet long, Nile Monitors are the second largest reptiles in the Nile River. Their sharp teeth and claws allow them to rip into their prey. Frogs, snakes, birds, snails, fish, and crocodile eggs are typically prey for these animals. They generally populate countries in Africa, primarily along the Nile River, as their name would suggest. However, Nile Monitors are considered an invasive species, meaning they have the ability to acclimate to different climates. They’ve been breeding in Florida, where they pose grave danger to Alligators, as they are known to raid alligator nests and prey on small alligators. They have also been dangerous to feral cats and small pets. Nile Monitors do not eat humans, but they have attacked people when they feel threatened. Their bites are said to be powerful enough to break bones, and it is extremely difficult to remove their jaws from a person’s arm.

3: Inland Taipan

Native to Australia, Inland Taipans are the most venomous snakes on the planet. By some estimations, they have enough venom to kill 12,000 guinea pigs with a single bite. These snakes can become very large, growing up to nine feet long in most cases. When they attack, they employ a series of bites, sometimes up to eight, ensuring their prey does not survive. These attacks happen so suddenly and the venom is so poisonous that the prey has no time to react or fight back. While they do not pose a direct threat to humans, they are very adept at hunting mammals. They prey on rodents such as large rats and mice. However, they have been known to attack people when they feel threatened. Just like when they’re attacking their food, they attack humans with a quick, swift bite, striking with extreme accuracy. If not treated immediately and effectively, any person bitten by an Inland Taipan is very likely to die. More than 80 percent of untreated bites result in fatality. Their venom has the ability to quickly cause muscle weakness or paralysis. Victims have also suffered form severe abdominal pain, nausea, convulsions, and organ failure. An example of how deadly inland taipans can be took place in 2012. Andrew Vaughan was working outdoors when he encountered one. Since he was alone, the exact details of his death are unknown, but it was determined that he was bit by the snake, unable to seek treatment, and died almost instantly. Just one month earlier, a 17-year old Australian boy managed to survive an attack because he was quickly rushed to the hospital. Nevertheless, he still suffered many of the above-mentioned symptoms and spent days in the hospital recovering.

2: Deadly Sea Snakes

Snakes are not only dangerous on land, but in the water as well. The Belcher’s Sea Snake was once thought to be the deadliest snake in the entire world. Found in the Indian Ocean, the gulf of Thailand, and the shores of Australia, they rarely slither onto land as they’re known to be expert swimmers. Fishermen are sometimes bit when handling nets, though they rarely die since Belcher’s Sea Snakes do not usually envenomate. The Dubois’ Sea Snake is another vicious predator of the seas. Roaming the waters of Papa New Guinea, Australia, and the Indian Ocean, they feast on Moray eels and a variety of other fish, according to Marine Biologists, Dubois’ Sea Snakes are the most venomous sea snakes in the world.

1: Crocodiles

Crocodiles are the largest and number one most dangerous reptiles in the world. Unlike other reptiles, crocs have been known to attack even when unprovoked. They’ve been known to hunt down humans and kill them for food. There are 12 different species of crocodiles, and their size and behavior vary based on the species. One noteworthy species is the saltwater crocodile. Saltwater crocodiles grow up to 17 feet long and often weigh as much as 2,200 pounds. Crocs exceeding 20 feet have been observed as well. Given their enormous size and their acute quickness and agility, saltwater crocs can hunt down almost anything they want for food, including humans. They’re considered the most dangerous reptiles to humans. Saltwater crocs usually attack people when they wander into their territory. Most people do not survive crocodile attacks. When dealing with saltwater crocs, experts suggest avoiding them at all costs. Although there are at least 20 to 30 fatal attacks on humans every year, the true number is likely to be higher due to the possibility of unreported attacks. In 1945, hundreds of Imperial Japanese soldiers were eaten to death when they wandered into a nest of saltwater crocodiles on Ramree Island during World War II. Nile Crocodiles are another dangerous species. They typically grow up to 16 feet long and weigh up to 1,500 pounds. Despite their size, they are quick, agile hunters who prey on anything that crosses their paths. They have been known to ambush their prey, sometimes waiting weeks for the opportune moment. Most crocodile attacks on humans are caused by the nile crocodile. Estimates vary, but it is likely that hundreds of people are attacked and killed each and every year. Although they’re smaller and in some ways less dangerous than saltwater crocs, they tend to live in closer proximity to humans and as a result are far more likely to attack. Perhaps the most gruesome example of all predatory crocodiles is Gustav. Gustav is a Nile Crocodile who has allegedly killed as many as 300 people. Attempts to capture this man-eating croc have proven unsuccessful, so his exact size is unknown. Eyewitnesses estimate that he is at least 20 feet long. Gustav was the subject of the PBS documentary Capturing the Killer Croc, and has since risen to mythical status.

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