How Dangerous Are Snakes?

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A lot of snakes are VERY dangerous, some more than others but almost all of them can and will bite. Some snakes are more dangerous because they have venom that can kill you in a matter of minutes if they bite you.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 600 of the 3,000 known snake species are venomous. The snake with the highest kill count is the Saw-Scaled Viper.  It is relatively small, but it is very aggressive and this aggressiveness combined with it’s lethal venom makes it one of the most dangerous snakes in the world.

Opposite of these dangerous snakes, the Ball Python is a large, non-venomous snake which is very commonly used as a pet. Here’s a little fact, did you know that baby venomous snakes are much more dangerous than full grown adults? This is because the babies don’t know how much venom to inject into the creatures it bites so it just injects as much as it can (which is usually all of it) which greatly lowers the time you have until the venom kills you.

So snakes are dangerous, even if they aren’t venomous they can still bite you so you should still be cautious around them. My advice, be careful around snakes but don’t let them stop you from doing things. If you want to go somewhere but there’s a lot of snakes, find out what snakes are there and use that to decide if you really want to go.  If it’s a lot of venomous and aggressive ones then you might not want to go, but if there’s just a few snakes and they’re passive and non-venomous then it might be ok to go. Be cautious around snakes and I’ll sssssssee you later.