Australia Is Home To Heaps Of The World's 25 Most Venomous Snakes

Australia Is Home To Pretty Much All Of The Worst Snakes In The World
A deadly but beautiful snake common in coastal eastern Australia tastes the air with its tongue.
A deadly but beautiful snake common in coastal eastern Australia tastes the air with its tongue.
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Of the 25 most venomous snakes in the world, can you guess how many are Australian? The short answer is: bloody heaps.

A list has found its way on to social media highlighting the fact that 21 of the world's 25 most deadly snakes can be found in Australia, and it's freaking the world out.

The creator of the list is Snake Rescue and Relocation Training's Bob Cooper, who made the printout as part of his training kit to teach people to deal with these scaled beauties.

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Cooper told The Huffington Post Australia he regularly came into contact with snakes on the list.

"I keep a lot of them at home -- we've got tiger snakes, western browns, cobras, death adders, dugites, we use them in training," Cooper told HuffPost Australia.

And how do participants in his courses react coming face to face with incredibly venomous snakes?

"With a respectable amount of fear, and that's what we encourage," Cooper said.

"You can't be complacent with snakes, it's the fear that keeps you alert.

A brown snake getting ready to strike.

“I do this every day and I still get a buzz of fear ― it’s what keeps me focused.”

He said he’d never been bitten by on of the 25, but had been nipped by a python or two.

“It feels like getting your hand smacked in a rat trap but with teeth,” Cooper said.

So for those who don’t like squinting, the 25 most venomous snakes in the world are below, and the only ones you can’t find in Australia are in bold... Yep, Donald Trump isn’t the only reason people want to move to Canada.

Most venomous snakes in the world

Inland taipan

Eastern brown snake

Coastal taipan

Eastern states tiger snake

Reevsby inland tiger snake

Beaked sea snake

Western Australian tiger snake

Chappell Island tiger snake

Death adder

Gwardar or western brown snake

Australian copperhead

Indian cobra

Black mamba

Dugite or spotted brown snake

Papuan black snake

Yellow-banded snake

Rough scaled snake

King cobra

Blue-bellied black snake

Collett’s snake

King brown or mulga snake

Red-bellied black snake

Small-eyed snake

Spotted snake

Eastern diamond-back rattlesnake

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