posted on Apr, 30 2013 @ 07:16 AM
reply to post by Timely
This is a list of the 10 most dangerous snakes in Australia. As a general rule, all snakes should be left alone, and most will do their best to get
away from you unless cornered or have young nearby. My father, along with a friend were both chased by King Brown Snakes that had young.
Australia's 10 most deadly snakes
WHEN IT COMES TO self-defence, Australia's snakes have got things pretty well covered. We share our continent with about 140 species of land
snakes, some equipped with venom more toxic than any other snakes in the world.
This is also sound advice for anyone getting near a snake.
"Snake bites are very, very rare [in Australia] and often the fault of the person being bitten. Most bites occur when people are trying to kill a
snake or show off."
Most snakes would rather slither away from humans than fight them. "Snakes don't perceive humans as food and they don't aggressively bite things
out of malice. Their venom is used to subdue prey that would otherwise be impossible for a snake to eat," says Dion Wedd, curator of the Territory
Wildlife Park, NT. "If their only escape route is past a human with a shovel, then they are likely to react in the only way they can."
Lastly, many people assume that smaller or baby snakes are somehow not venomous, or are less toxic than a fully grown adult. This is most certainly
Baby Venomous snakes are harmless or less toxic than adults.
All venomous snakes, no matter the age or size have the exact same type of venom as their adult counterparts; the only difference is the quantity they
carry and the ability for their smaller fangs to penetrate through thick skin. To assume any snake is harmless is in itself a very dangerous
Many people make this mistake. Many people also have the impression that some colourful snakes here, such as tree pythons are actually harmless. While
some pythons are non-venomous, they can still bite, and can cause pain, swelling and nausea. In Australia many people often confuse lizards for small
snakes, often coming in closer to see if the 'lizard' has no feet. By then, if a snake is spooked, they can turn and bite very quickly.
Lastly, never underestimate a snake's speed, especially when it feels it is threatened. They do tend to do their best to get away usually, but left
with nowhere to go, a snake can turn on you, and very quickly. Best thing is, if the snake is heading in one direction to get away from you, go the
other way. Quickly.