The Most Dangerous Venomous Snakes: Africa

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Puff Adder

Scientific name: Bitis arietans
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Puff adders
Length: Up to 6.2 ft (1.9 m)
Venom: Cytotoxic

The puff adder likes to sunbathe on paths, doesn’t run away from people, and isn’t afraid to bite - as well as long teeth, this snake also has the strongest viper venom (and plenty of it, too). If a bite isn’t properly treated, the tissue around the wound can die so that the leg or arm has to be amputated.

Puff Adder Puff Adder - Photo: Kristian Bell/Shutterstock