The black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis) is Africa's deadliest snake. Black mambas are brownish in hue, despite their name. They're 8 feet long and can travel 12 mph (19 km/h).

Black mamba 

A fer-de-lance (Bothrops asper) bite can turn dead tissue black. A fer-de-lance bite can induce haemorrhaging because its venom is anticoagulant.


These snakes can retract their fangs. This venomous snake's hemotoxic venom causes internal and external bleeding.


Such snakes may fold their fangs when not in use. Like other dangerous snakes, this one's venom causes internal and external bleeding.

Russell's viper

Viper sawscale (Echis carinatus). Scientists claim the saw-scaled viper (Echis carinatus) kills more people than all other snakes combined.

Saw-scaled viper

The slow-moving banded krait (Bungarus fasciatus) bites at night. Snake venom paralyses muscles and stops the diaphragm.

Banded krait

The deadly king cobra is endemic to jungles. Size and neck markings separate this cobra from others in the genus Ophiophagus.

 King cobra

This snake dwells in temperate and tropical coastal wet forests and jumps fangs-first to inject venom into its enemy.

Coastal taipan

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