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From a snake that can only be found on a small island in the carribean to a pit viper that can only be found in a small area of Baja California, here are the rarest snakes on earth.
14 The Black Mamba
The Black Mamba are known for their ferocity and highly aggressive nature when threatened. They are also Africa’s longest venomous snake and reach up to 14 feet in length while only weighing 3.5 pounds. They have been blamed for killing many people in Africa and this guy is considered by many to be the most feared and deadly snakes in the world. They get their name not from the color of their scales but from the color inside their mouth. Black mamba’s will strike repeatedly, with multiple bites, administering a large amount of venom in the process. Before an antivenom was created for theses beasts, a bite would be 100 percent fatal with only about 20 minutes to live.
13 Round Island Viper
There’s different levels on how rare an animal can be but if it gets listed as endangered, there’s likely a good chance you won’t get to see it in the near future unless you live in a very specific area or you can go see it at the zoo. And even then, it might be difficult. The round island viper lives on the round island of mauritius which isn’t on most people’s bucket lists. In 1996, the population of this snake was as low as 250 individuals but most likely has reached about 1000, thanks to conservation efforts.
12 Eyelash Bush Viper
This species of viper is currently listed as vulnerable, which means that it could become endangered if someone doesn’t do something about it. It lives in only 2 remote areas of Tanzania and due its dwindling territory, it’s believed that their numbers are on the decline. They’re most often found in bushes near the uluguru mountainsIt’s unclear exactly how many are left, but if you take a close look at it’s eyes, it does appear to have some kind of eyelashes going on which isn’t too common for most snakes. .
The apodora is a non venomous species of snake found in Papua New Guinea. These are large constrictor snakes, meaning instead of using venom like a rattlesnake or cobra, they’ll strangle its prey until it becomes unconscious or expires. These snakes can measure 4.5 meters or 14 feet long! They’re not usually for sale on the black market but when they are, they sell for a pretty high price. But it’s certainly not something you want to keep in your home. It weighs no more than about 22 kilograms or 50 pounds. These snakes do have the capability to change colors and it can supposedly change colors when it’s angered. They prefer feasting on smaller mammals during night. These large reptiles are on high demand to be traded on the illegal pet market. They would bring in a huge price if captured. But if this snake gets out of it’s cage, it could wreak havoc on the entire area.
10 Wagner’s Viper
There seems to be a decent amount of vipers who make their way on to the list for rarest snakes. One of the is the Wagner’s viper which gets it’s name from the german explorer called moritz wagner.This viper is native to eastern turkey and lives in a small area close to the black sea. They can grow to be a maximum size of 37 inches and their weight will vary depending on the last time they feasted. Currently, this species of viper is considered to be critically endangered and there’s only an estimation of 2,500 left. Some claim the dwindling numbers are due to the fact that they’re receiving a high price on the black market. Why some people would want to own this thing is beyond me considering how dangerous they could be! Some zoos are also doing their best to breed more vipers and keep them from going extinct.
9 Santa Catalina Rattlesnake
This venomous species of pit viper is native to the gulf of california, on the east side of baja california. In contrary to their name, they actually don’t have a rattle and are most notable for their small and slender characteristics. They can still grow a maximum of 28 inches though and are pretty skinny for their length. The Santa Catalina rattlesnake is currently classified as critically endangered and are at a high risk of becoming extinct if certain measures aren’t taken. One indicator that their numbers are dwindling is their geographic range which is only less than 50 square miles. Some believe the reason for the population decline is from feral cats who live in the area who will instinctively hunt the snakes. It also doesn’t seem to help them due to the fact that they do not tend to hide very well which makes them suseptible to predators.