Which are the most dangerous snakes in kenya currently ? well snakes are not so much popular in Kenya but lets look deadliest snakes in kenya. many have heard omieri snake in luo culture but is now dead
Do you love snakes? Or are you the type that freaks out and remembers Bible stories? Here are pictures of dangerous snakes you could rub shoulders with in Nairobi
MOST DANGEROUS SNAKES IN KENYA
- The Egyptian Cobra (Naja haje) is most commonly found in Egypt, but is in fact the most widespread of African cobras.It is one of most dangerous snakes in Kenya.
- Average size is 1.5-2 m, though some can exceed 2.5 m (8 feet) in length.
- The snake has the third most toxic venom of any cobra, just after the Northern Philippine Cobra and Cape Cobra.
- In fact, its venom is so potent it can kill a fully-grown elephant in as little as 3 hours.
- Some people believe that Cleopatra committed suicide using an Egyptian Cobra.
2. The puff Adder
The ‘Bitis arietans’ loves to dwell in grasslands, more reason why they are found in Nairobi. It is one of the most widespread species in Africa and is venomous in nature. The Puff Adder (Bitis ariens) is responsible for more fatalities. Since it relies on camouflage to hide itself and lies still when approached, people tend to step on them and get bitten. it is one of deadliest / most dangerous snakes in Kenya.
3. Black mamba
it is one of most dangerous snakes in Kenya. The black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis) is an extremely venomous snake of the family Elapidae, and native to parts of sub-Saharan Africa. First described by Albert Günther in 1864, it is the longest species of venomous snake indigenous to the African continent; mature specimens generally exceed 2 meters (6.6 ft) and commonly attain 3 meters (10 ft). Specimens of 4.3 to 4.5 meters (14.1 to 14.8 ft) have been reported. Its skin colour varies from grey to dark brown. Juvenile black mambas tend to be paler than adults and darken with age. it ranks among dangerous snakes in kenya
4.Rhombic Night Adder
The ‘Causus rhombeatus’ is the largest member of its species.
It has a ‘blunt’ snout with nostrils positioned at the side. It’s usually brown in colour and as very distinct patterns on its body (rhombic) which have really pale edges. They are slender in nature, possess non-lethal venom and feed on pests.
5. Green mamba – green mamba is a highly venomous snake. The venom consists of both neurotoxins and cardiotoxins. The toxicity of individual specimens can vary greatly based on several factors including geographical region, age, seasonal variation, diet, and so on. Symptoms of envenomation by this species include swelling of the bite site, dizziness and nausea, accompanied by difficulty breathing and swallowing, irregular heartbeat and convulsions progressing to respiratory paralysis. Bites that produce severe envenomation can be rapidly fatal. it is one of deadliest snake in Kenya.