Although most snakes, turtles, lizards and other reptiles typically pose little threat to humans, some are too dangerous and deadly to b close to. Below are the Top 7 Deadly Reptiles in the World. This rapties are numbered according to how they operate and attack humans.
7. RETICULATED PYTHON
The reticulated python is a species of python found in Southeast Asia. They are the world’s longest snakes and longest reptiles, and among the three heaviest snakes. They are non-venomous constrictors and normally not considered dangerous to humans. However, they will wrap around a person or animal though and suffocate them. This has been reported on many occasions.
The Reticulated Python is an excellent swimmer and they often go far out from the shore. They are slow moving but very meticulous so they can cover large areas in a given day. They are mainly active at night time. They are very aggressive creatures and will instinctively coil up when they feel that they are in danger.
Due to the heavy size they are mainly found living on the ground. However, they will sometimes go into the trees. They are also well known for hanging around the bodies of water. They find it to be a prime hunting location as many living things will go to the body of water to be able to drink.
6. BLACK MAMBA
The black mamba is a venomous snake endemic to parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Skin colour varies from grey to dark brown. Juvenile black mambas tend to be lighter in color than adults and darken with age. It is the longest species of venomous snake indigenous to the African continent; the black mamba is a large, round-bodied, slender, but powerful snake.
For its slender body, the black mamba is deceptively powerful; it is the fastest moving snake indigenous to Africa, and perhaps the fastest anywhere. It does however; move rather clumsily over soft sand, a surface to which it is not adapted. The black mamba’s venom is composed of neurotoxins (dendrotoxin) and cardiotoxins as well as other toxins such as fasciculins. In an experiment, the most abundant toxin found in black mamba venom was observed to be able to kill a mouse in as little as 4.5 minutes.
The bite of a black mamba can potentially cause collapse in humans within 45 minutes, or less. Without effective antivenom therapy, death typically occurs in 7–15 hours. A bite from a black mamba causes initial neurological and neuromuscular symptoms that may commonly include headache and a metallic taste in the mouth, which may be accompanied by a triad of paresthesias, profuse perspiration and salivation.
The black mamba is popularly regarded as the most dangerous and feared snake in Africa; to South African locals the black mamba’s bite is known as the “kiss of death”. However, attacks on humans by black mambas are rare, as they usually try to avoid confrontation, and their occurrence in highly populated areas is not very common compared with some other species.