11 BIGGEST Venomous Creatures In The World!
- Published on: 5/22/2020
- From stingray mistaken for islands to snakes that will chase you, here are 11 of the world’s biggest venomous animals!
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11. Giant Freshwater Stingray
Native to Southeast Asia, the giant freshwater stingray (Urogymnus polylepis) is one of the world’s largest freshwater fish, reaching over 6.2 feet (1.9 meters) across, up to 16-and-a-half feet (5 meters) long, and often weighing as much as 1,300 pounds (600 kg)! Pretty impressive!
10. King Cobra
At up to 18 feet (5.5 meters) long, the king cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) is the world’s longest venomous snake. It’s also one of the most venomous snakes on the planet, period. Cobras are found throughout Africa, the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, and Indonesia. People have been mesmerized by their elegance and dangerous bite for thousands of years.
9. Peruvian Giant Yellow-leg Centipede
Did you know that most centipedes are venomous?? Well, imagine one that can get to be about a foot long (30 cm) !!
The Peruvian giant yellow-leg centipede, also called the Amazonian giant centipede (Scolopendra gigantea), is one of the largest species in the world.
8. Nomura’s Jellyfish
Nomura’s jellyfish are typically found in the waters between China and Japan, mainly the Yellow Sea and East China Sea. They grow up to six-and-a-half feet (2 meters) in diameter and weigh as much as 440 pounds (200 kg), with some record specimens even reaching 485 pounds (220 kg).
There are very few venomous mammals left in the world. One of them is the platypus (Ornithorhyncus anatinus), an egg-laying cutie endemic to eastern Australia. At just five pounds (2.2 kg) on average, it’s not huge, but it’s the biggest among the planet’s remaining venomous mammals. Males possess a sharp, venomous spur on both of their hind feet. This venom shares some of the same properties with reptile venom, but it evolved separately.
6. South American Bushmaster
The South American bushmaster (Lachesis muta) is the largest modern viper species. It dwells in the tropical and humid forests of Central and South America.
5. Lion’s Mane Jellyfish
The largest known jellyfish species is the lion’s mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata), which can be found in the cooler waters of the Pacific, Atlantic, and North Sea regions, including the Arctic Ocean. It reaches up to six-and-a-half feet (2 meters) long and has up to 1,200 tentacles, each measuring up to 120 feet (37 meters) long.
4. Gila Monster
Native to the southwestern United States and the northwestern Mexican state of Sonora, the gila monster (Heloderma suspectum) is a heavy venomous lizard that grows up to two feet (60 cm) long. It’s one of just two known venomous lizard species in North America, and is the largest lizard species north of the Mexican border.
3. Vietnamese Centipede
The Vietnamese centipede (Scolopendra subspinipes) hails from the same genus as the Peruvian giant yellow-leg centipede. It’s one of the world’s largest centipedes, and, like its relative, uses its fast-acting venom to kill and devour prey, including insects, spiders, mice, and reptiles.
2. Laophis Crotaloides
Laophis crotaloides was the largest venomous snake ever discovered! It slithered around what is now Greece four million years ago. It grew between 10 and 13 feet long (3-4 meters) and weighed as much as 57 pounds (26 kg).
1. Komodo Dragon
Also called the Komodo monitor, the Komodo dragon is the world’s heaviest lizard. It reaches up to 10 feet (3 meters) long and can weigh over 300 pounds (136 kg). Found only among Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands, this gigantic reptile has been around for millions of years, thriving in the harsh climate of the islands’ tropical forests and other habitats.
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