Russell’s Viper

Russel's Viper

Scientific Name: Daboia russelii English name: Russell’s Viper Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Reptilia Order: Squamata Family: Vipiridae Link to Red List page: Red List Page Russell’s Viper  Where to find: Russell’s Viper is mainly found in Southeast Asia including Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, China. … Read more

Puff Adder, Why He Is the Major African Killer

Puff Adder

The Puff Adder

The puff adder is famous because of the toxicity of its poison and for its spread. It is on the list of the most dangerous snakes in the world. Although mainly spread in Africa.

It’s a short and squat snake that camouflages very well with the stones. We list him in our snakes series in the first places because this snake is causing the largest number of victims in Africa.

Puff Adder on dunes of Namibia
photo by Bird Brian

The poison

Its poison is cytotoxic and causes hemorrhagic necrosis and various types of devastations. In the case of this snake, the poison also serves to catch the prey that will be ingested only after total necrosis.
Where’s the danger of this snake? soon said. A very strong poison is injected in a massive dose. And also he camouflages very well.
Keep in mind that it usually strikes low because of the shape of its body.
The teeth 40 mm long and very strong and penetrating make three-quarters of the work.
You can resolve the bite of the puff adder with a polyvalent antidote in a hospital. ( if you arrive in time of course )

The behavior of the puff adder

Like we wrote above, he likes the camouflage. He is very good in this practice, so it is easy that people walking and disturb him very close. It stays rounded minus the part of the head. That part stays in an S position, like a spring ready to shoot.

What happens when he sees you depend from the distance between you and the snake. If you touch him or you are at small centimeters, is very probably he’ll bite you.

If you are farther probably he begins to emit the characteristic breath. It is the better situation for you, it is simply telling you “take care man! it is better to stay far from me!!”. Follow his suggestion and leave slowly but sure from there.

In conclusion

The African puff adder is present in all African the continent. This is another important reason for the numbers of people killed by him in Africa. Mamba is very more dangerous to him but he doesn’t have its diffusion.

Inland Taipan The Most Venomous Snakes

Inland Taipan is an Australian venomus snake

Inland Taipan the most venomous snake in the world Where to find: Inland Taipan inhabits the desert regions of Australia. Typically, as the name says, are the inland regions of East Australia. Habitat: His habitat is the semi-arid plans, it is not a common snake. Dimensions: The Inland Taipan is … Read more

Black Mamba Vs Mongoose

black mamba vs mongoose

Black Mamba Vs Mongoose

Black Mamba Vs Mongoose

He is considerate the more danger snack in the earth, is true?

No, it is not, but absolutely he is one of the more dangerous of the planet earth. He has two characteristics which determine this fame. The first is his deadly attack, quick and repeated, can bite up to 12 times consecutively with impressive rapidity. The second reason is the toxicity of his poison.

The poison

The black mamba poison is a very powerful neurotoxin that is injected in large quantities. And in any case, much more than needed to kill a man is not very dense and circulates very quickly. Many people have asked me if it is possible to survive the black mamba’s bite. It depends simply on how far you are away from an antidote center.

If you can be transported or get it to you in a matter of minutes your chances are good, but if you are far away I’m sorry for you but it’s your last few minutes of life.

So why you say is not the more dangerous?

The Black Mamba, however, does not usually hunt man and the attacks that occur are generally due to the inattentiveness of the unfortunate.

Mamba hunting birds, mice, and generally small mammals. He spends a lot of time on trees hunting birds, its size is remarkable and can reach 4 meters in length.

Mamba, as practically all the wild animals, when you meet him tells you that you are doing something wrong. He stands up in front of you and opens his mouth showing his black image of death.

Back calmly without panic and then go to a safe place. Remember that it is the fastest snake of the earth and reaches 20 km per hour. It is not even so common to find, so even the accidental encounter is not common.

Suggestions: If you are in Savannah or other remote areas of Africa, wear shoes and proper clothes, do not walk with the slippers in the savannah because the Masai do it, mamba is just one of the hundreds of dangers that hide the African savannah and you are not Masai.

Black Mamba is considered Least Concern on the IUCN Red List

His competitor

Mamba has a natural enemy, the mongoose, she is the only animal with more speed than him in the attack.

Mongoose the mamba nightmare

Mongoose is a carnivore, his body can be long from 25 up to 60 cm. 34 different species of Mongoose exist, divided from Asia and Africa. She is a social animal, she lives in groups sometimes even big, and they move all day.

Sometimes can arrive to move up 9 km in one single day but usually very less. We can say is normal to move around three or four km per day. But why the mongoose move a lot? The reason is the continues food research. Her preferred prey is the snack but she likes even rat and other small animals. So is very important the mongoose presence for the ecosystem balancing.

The mortal attack of mongoose

The mongoose when attack cobra or mambas use the movement strategy joined to speedy biting. With movement, she confuses the snake by turning around with quick change gears. Then she attacks with super speed and bit the snack on the head, the attack is never long usually one or two minutes.

Did you know? Mongoose in Africa often shares the den with hyenas and warthog, not at the same time but when a den is abandoned from Hyena usually will be occupied from mongoose or warthog.

Eastern Brown Snake

Eastern brown snake

Eastern Brown Snake, the second most venomous snake of the world Where to find: The Eastern Brown Snake is an inhabitant of Australia and Papua New Guinea. His areal is limited to these two lands. Habitat: It is easiest to say where they don’t lives. They don’t like to live … Read more

King cobra

King Kobra

King cobra and his venom King cobra Scientific Name: Ophiophagus hannah English name: King Cobra Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Reptilia Order: Squamata Family: Elapidae Link to Red List page: Red List Page of King Cobra Where to find He’s present in the north of India, South-east Asia, and East Asia. Habitat His … Read more