Sunday, January 16, 2011

The most deadly snake

Snake generally does not seem friendly to us. Its unique appearance and deadly poison produced make most of us stay away from it. By the way, do you know what is the most deadly snake in the world? Yes, i think many of you get it right, the Cobra. In terms of human deaths caused by snakes, the cobra is the deadliest. The cobra is the longest and most venomous snake in the world. King cobras can reach 18 feet which is 5.5 meters in length. Among the venomous snakes, their venom is not the most potent. However, a single bite from the cobra up to two-tenths of a fluid ounce (seven milliliters) can kill 20 people or even bring down an elephant. A person being bitten by the cobra will die within 10 minutes. The neurotoxic poison injected into the victim destroys the communication between nerve cells. Once destroyed, the victim's muscles cannot be used in any kind of defense. Sometimes, the bites are not real bites or so-called dry bites. The dry bites consist of bacteria from the cobras mouth which may cause serious infections. However, the medical complications arised from the bite may eventually cause death. Despite all these, the cobra is shy thus trying to avoid humans whenever possible. But when confronted, it will become fiercely aggressive by raising up to one-third of their bodies straight off the ground and moving forward to attack. Hence, try not to offend and walk away quietly when you encounter the cobra.


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