World's Deadliest Snakes: Snake Facts

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•    The Eyelash Palm Pit Viper gets its name from the upturned scales above its eyes. This feature may help in its ability to disguise itself.
 
    •    The Yamakagashi has a length of no more than 60 centimetres, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in toxicity.
 
    •    The African Rock Python is a massive serpent that can weigh up to 135 kilograms and grow to six meters, making it almost impossible to fight off. The snake relies on muscle power for its attacks.
 
    •    A Black Mamba can slither an astonishing 5 meters per second, faster than most people can run.
 
    •    Death from Black Mamba venom poisoning can come in just 20 minutes.
 
    •    A White Lipped Green Pit Viper's forked tongue flicks molecules of scent into something called the 'Jacobson's organ' on the roof of the mouth - which alerts the brain that a potential meal is in the vicinity.
 
    •    There are roughly 50 different kinds of venomous snakes in Australia yet 80 percent of all snakebites in the country are from the Eastern Brown snake.
 
    •    The Water Moccasin or Cottonmouth can deliver a formidable bite, pumping potent venom that literally digests living tissue from the inside out.
 
    •    The Boomslang's eyes sit close to each other in the front, allowing it to see in 3D.
 
    •    The Olive Sea Snake is one of the most toxic serpents in the ocean.
 
    •    The Western Barred Cobra has a special line of defense, a deadly toxic spit that can hit a target two and a half meters away.
 
    •    If threatened the Western Coral Snake cover its head in its coil and present its tail as a fake head.
 
    •    The bite of a Western Coral Snake injects less than a hundredth of a teaspoon of neurotoxic venom, it's all it takes to kill.
 
    •    The Australian Death Adder uses its brightly coloured tail as a lure for its prey.
 
    •    The Australian Death Adder's fangs rotate outward, ensuring the venom flows directly into the target.
 
    •    The Taipans are a genus of large, fast, highly venomous Australasian snakes.
 
    •    The Taipan snake has the most toxic venom of any terrestrial serpent on the planet. A drop the size of a pinhead can kill a thousand mice.
 
    •    The King Cobra is the longest venomous snake on the planet, stretching a whopping five and half metres.
 
    •    The King Cobra can pump enough venom to fill a quarter of a shot glass, enough to take down a human in a few minutes and an elephant in a few hours.
 
    •    With the ability to propel itself half its body length in a single bound, the Jumping Viper's athletic skill is unusual in the realm of land snakes.
 
    •    Once under water, the Yellow Belly Sea Snake is able to stay submerged up to 90 minutes at a time.
 
    •    The Southern Pacific Rattlesnake prefers to save its precious venom for the hunt, which is why it uses the rattle on a Rattlesnake's tail to scare away potential threats.
 
    •    When on the offensive, the Southern Pacific Rattlesnake can display a highly impressive tactic: dazzling speed. The Southern Pacific Rattlesnake can strike at a speed of 2.5 metres per second.
 
    •    A male python can grow to 10 metres, the length of two full-size sedans and can weigh more than a grown man.

    •    Like all pythons, the Reticulated Python are ambush hunters, waiting until prey wanders within strike range before seizing it in their coils and killing via suffocation.
 

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