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10 most dangerous snakes WHEN IT COMES TOself defence, Australia's snakes have things pretty well covered.
We share our continent with about 170 species of land snakes, some equipped with venom more toxic than any other jimmy choo clue snakes in the world. But bites are actually quite rare in Australia and, since the development of anti venom, fatalities have been low between four to six deaths a year. "This is in contrast to India, for example, where bites may reach one million a year, with over 50,000 deaths," says Associate Professor Bryan Fry, a herpetologist and venom expert at the University of Queensland. "Snake bites are very, very rare [in Australia] and often the fault of the person being bitten. Most bites occur when people are trying jimmy choo romy 85 sale 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 jimmy choo heels cost 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." So if you're standing between a snake and its escape route, prepare for a fearsome display. Although all species are potentially dangerous, here's our top 10 pick of the most dangerous snakes in Australia some of them highly venomous, some extremely nervous, some you're just more likely to see slithering away in your backyard. Gallery: Australia's Australian spiders: the 10 most dangerous Australia's most dangerous predators 10 most dangerous stingers in Australia 1. Eastern brown snakeAlso known as: common brown snake Found: throughout the eastern half of mainland Australia Fast moving, aggressive and known for their bad temper, eastern brown snakes, together with other browns are responsible for more deaths every year in Australia than any other group of snakes. Not only is their venom ranked as the second most toxic of any land snake in the world (based on tests on mice), they thrive in populated areas, particularly on farms in rural areas with mice. If disturbed, the eastern brown raises its jimmy choo silver sandals sale body off the ground, winding into an 'S' shape, mouth gaping open and ready to strike. Its venom causes progressive paralysis and stops the blood from clotting, which may take many doses of antivenom to reverse. Victims may collapse within a few minutes. 2. When disturbed, they will run for cover, striking quickly if cornered, then making a quick getaway. Though their venom is not as toxic as the eastern brown's, they deliver three times as much. Bites are usually painless and difficult to see due to the small fang marks. Victims will experience headache, nausea, abdominal pain, severe coagulopathy (blood clotting disorder) and sometimes kidney damage. 3. Mainland tiger snakeAlso known as: common tiger snake Found: along the south eastern coast of Australia, from New South Wales and Victoria to Tasmania and the far corner of South Australia Mainland tiger snakes are responsible for the second highest number of bites in Australia, as they inhabit highly populated areas along the east coast, including some metropolitan areas of Melbourne. They are attracted to farms and outer suburban houses, where they hunt mice nocturnally and can easily be trodden on by unsuspecting victims in the darkness. Bites are fatal if untreated, causing pain in the feet and neck, tingling, numbness and sweating, followed by breathing difficulties and paralysis.
The venom also damages the blood and muscles, leading to renal failure. Adult snakes are usually (but not always) banded, with ragged stripes varying in colour from pale yellow to black along a solid, muscular body that can grow to 2m. When threatened, they flatten their necks and strike low to the ground.