If you want to know the record holder for the deadliest snake in the world, then you're in the right place. The King Cobra is considered the world's deadliest snake, growing up to 5.6 m (18.5 ft) in length. It is also called Ophiophagus which also means "snake-eater”, because it eats other snakes. One single bite of this deadly snake can easily kill a human. This snake is even capable of killing a full-grown Asian Elephant within 3 hours if the larger animal is bitten in a vulnerable area such as the trunk. During a bite, venom is forced through the snake's half-inch (1.25 cm) fangs into the wound, and quickly attacks the victim's central nervous system, inducing severe pain, blurred vision, vertigo, drowsiness, and paralysis. Envenomation progresses to cardiovascular collapse, and the victim falls into a coma. Death soon follows due to respiratory failure. Its venom is not as toxic as other venomous snakes, but King Cobra is capable of injecting 5 times more venom than black mamba and can result in mortality up to 5 times faster than that of the black mamba. It is quite widespread, ranging across South and South-east Asia, living in dense highland forests.
However, if we consider the most venomous snake by toxicity, then the Fierce Snake or Inland Taipan would be more dangerous than the King Cobra. The maximum yield recorded (for one bite) is 110mg; enough to kill over 100 people or 250,000 mice. What makes it less dangerous is that it is very shy and reclusive, and always prefers to escape from trouble. The inland taipan is native to the arid regions of central Australia. Its range extends from the southeast part of the Northern Territory into west Queensland. The snake can also be found north of Lake Eyre and to the west of the split of the Murray River, Darling River, and Murrumbidgee River.
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