While we were searching for information about the most venomous snake in the world we have found a really amazing fact. Although every year around 40.000 people are die from a snake bite in the world, this number is extremely low in the country where one of the most venomous snake in the world lives. It is really hard to believe in that, but let’s find out which snake is that.
It is not that easy to decide which snake can have the title – the most venomous snake in the world. There are numerous factors to be considered when making this decision,. But in this case we will have to use the median lethal dose (MLD). Now you may ask what is a MLD or median lethal dose. Well in short terms; it is the dose of venom which is enough to kill 50% of the tested samples. MLD is generally used when tests like this are conducted.
The Most Venomous Snake in the World
The title – the most venomous snake in the world belongs to the Inland taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus) also popular as the Small scaled snake, Fierce snake. It is a type of snake that lives in the grasslands of Australia. Its color is brown or olive, and its head has black marks. The MLD (median lethal dose) of the venom of the Inland taipan is 0.025 mg/kg. Maybe these numbers don’t tell you anything, but what do you think when we say that the venom from only one bite of the Inland taipan can kill 100 grown up people. At the same time the Inland taipan is not the most dangerous snake in the world. It is not aggressive and rarely attacks humans and it isn’t responsible for a great number of snakebite deaths unlike the cobra or the Saw scaled viper.