anthony9151634 asked: What is the most venomous snake
The World’s Most Venomous Snake
It is currently believed that the snake witht the most potent venom in the world is the Belcher’s Sea Snake (Hydrophis belcheri), with other sea snake species, such as Beaked Sea Snake (Enhydrina schistosa) having a venom potency near that of Belcher’s.
When many people look up “the most venomous species of snake”, they often find lists that exclude Sea Snakes, and I’m not sure why exactly. The most venomous terrestrial snake is the Inland Taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus), which has an exceedingly powerful venom, which however isn’t even close to being as potent as that of some sea snake species. I once read that the Belcher’s has a venom 100x more potent (though I’m I’m not sure how accurate that is).
Keep in mind that “most venomous” doesn’t necessarily mean “most dangerous to humans”. One needs to take into account the general temperament of the species. Sea Snakes are known for being quite timid, and even sometimes docile, towards other non-prey animals in the wild. Whereas the far less venomous Saw-scaled Viper (Echis carinatus) and Fer de Lance (Bothrops atrox) kill far more people every year than do sea snakes.
(photo: Andreas Viklund)