South Africa's deadliest snakes

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Postby froot » Wed Oct 26, 2005 1:44 pm

I would rate spitters over them.
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Postby Snakes Incorporated » Wed Oct 26, 2005 11:42 pm

I do not believe there is the most Deadliest snake anywhere in the world. A snake defends itself and does not go out looking to harm any human.
Humans on the other hand interfere with these creatures and kill thousands open thousands every year but let one defend itself and it’s seen as “deadly”.

Another interesting observation is that the common Cape cobra is equipped with stronger Nerve Poisoning toxic enzymes than a Mamba. (Drop for drop that is)

It will not be difficult to prove that man is more deadly than any reptile.
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Postby Rabies » Thu Oct 27, 2005 8:11 am

N. nivea 0.72mg/kg D. polylepsis 0.32mg/kg at the subcutaneous route.
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Postby Bushviper » Thu Oct 27, 2005 8:14 pm

Am I right that less is more? The Mamba is more toxic than the Cobra?

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Postby Rabies » Thu Oct 27, 2005 9:55 pm

Bushviper wrote:Am I right that less is more? The Mamba is more toxic than the Cobra?

I wish I had listened in maths class, or even attended the occasional maths class.


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Postby Snakes Incorporated » Fri Oct 28, 2005 10:05 am

Here are the LD50 tests done by the NHLS antivenom.
Cape cobra 8.0
Black mamba 5.6
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Postby Rabies » Fri Oct 28, 2005 10:27 am

Snakes Incorporated wrote:Here are the LD50 tests done by the NHLS antivenom.
Cape cobra 8.0
Black mamba 5.6

Hi
with what you have quoted, the Mamba is still on top. Those numbers are exceptionaly high as in not very potent! Do you have a link to the info that you have?

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Postby Snakes Incorporated » Fri Oct 28, 2005 5:11 pm

Ask Mr. Beric Muller at venom@venomsa.com

All I did was quote.
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Postby Sssnakebuster » Thu Jul 06, 2006 9:33 am

king cobra is the most dangereos but mambas R more venomeos and faster
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Postby snake_freak » Thu Jul 06, 2006 12:21 pm

The one I'd least like to be nailed by is probably Proatheris superciliaris. An envenomation from one of them sounds nasty.
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Postby Dead_puppy » Thu Jul 06, 2006 10:30 pm

In my opinion, the only two snakes that Im nervous handeling.Cape cobra,black mamba
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Postby drummer » Thu Jul 06, 2006 11:44 pm

brown house snake hands down!
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Postby Natal Black » Fri Jul 07, 2006 12:07 am

Hey drummer! Brown house snakes are harmless!
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Postby Bushviper » Fri Jul 07, 2006 5:48 am

Snake Freak why did you mention Proatheris as a bad bite? A friend of mine was bitten twice and the first time he had very few symptoms and the second time he had trouble breathing during the night but I would not rate that as a serious contender.
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Postby Pythonodipsas » Fri Jul 07, 2006 10:00 am

brown house snake hands down!


LOL @ Drummer-68. Good one :D

Actually there is a record of a man dying from a Brown House Snake Bite! He was messing around trying to kiss the snake and it bit him on his tongue. His tongue got a infection that went from bad to worse, became a systemic infection and he died.

Also IMO the snakes that cause the most snake bites (most dangerous) in South Africa would be Puff Adders and Mozambique Spitters. This is because many people in rural areas, especially Zululand, walk around barefoot at night collecting wood, etc and often get bitten by these common nocturnal snakes. They end up going to the local witchdoctor/sangoma for treatment and inevitably die.

The snake with the most toxic venom is undoubtedly a Boomslang!

There is a big difference between 'Most Dangerous' and 'Most Toxic'

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