King Cobra – Worlds Largest Poisonous Snake The King Cobra – Ophiophagus hannah , is the largest poisonous snake in the world and is truly the “King” of all venomous snakes. King Cobras are placed in the “Elapidae Family”, which has an identifying trait of having “Fixed Fangs” set at the front of the mouth. It is not uncommon for the King Cobra to reach a length over 18 feet. We have heard stories of 21 foot + specimens still being found on occasion in Northern India. We have been fortunate to work with these remarkable venomous reptiles in the past and all I can say is WOW! Of all the Poisonous Snakes I have worked with, these guys are the most impressive. King Cobras are not only extremely large, but they “Hood Out”, with their face 4-5 feet in the air. When a King Cobra strikes at you, your heart almost stops just from the loud hiss! One’s body instantly produces adrenalin upon 1st glance at a towering, hooded King Cobra locking stares with you. They almost seem to mesmerize you with their swaying bodies, trance, and eyes (almost like a beautiful feminine woman). One thing for sure is, of all the poisonous snakes in captivity that I have worked with, the Cobras are by far the most intelligent. They almost seem to have “Problem Solving” capabilities
The tiger (Panthera tigris) is the largest cat species, reaching a total body length of up to 3.3 metres (11 ft) and weighing up to 306 kg (670 lb). Their most recognizable feature is a pattern of dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur with lighter underparts. They have exceptionally stout teeth, and their canines are the longest among living felids with a crown height of as much as 74.5 mm (2.93 in) or even 90 mm (3.5 in).
Tigers once ranged widely across Asia, from Turkey in the west to the eastern coast of Russia. Over the past 100 years, they have lost 93% of their historic range, and have been extirpated from southwest and central Asia, from the islands of Java and Bali, and from large areas of Southeast and Eastern Asia. Today, they range from the Siberian taiga to open grasslands and tropical mangrove swamps. The remaining six tiger subspecies have been classified as endangered by IUCN. The global population in the wild is estimated to number between 3,062 to 3,948 individuals, with most remaining populations occurring in small pockets that are isolated from each other. Major reasons for population decline include habitat destruction, habitat fragmentation and poaching. The extent of area occupied by tigers is estimated at less than 1,184,911 km2 (457,497 sq mi), a 41% decline from the area estimated in the mid-1990s.
They are territorial and generally solitary but social animals, often requiring large contiguous areas of habitat that support their prey requirements. This, coupled with the fact that they are indigenous to some of the more densely populated places on earth, has caused significant conflicts with humans.
In zoos, tigers have lived for 20 to 26 years, which also seems to be their longevity in the wild.
Tigers are among the most recognisable and popular of the world’s charismatic megafauna. They have featured prominently in ancient mythology and folklore, and continue to be depicted in modern films and literature. Tigers appear on many flags, coats of arms, and as mascots for sporting teams. The Bengal tiger is the national animal of Bangladesh and India.
3. Camel Spider
The camel spider is very widespread, found in deserts from Iraq to China and beyond. They’re not venomous, but they will bite humans and their bite is immensely painful.
Camel spiders top speed – 10 mph. Which is very fast for a such a small creature..
Size: Up to 8 inches, although many of our readers report larger.
Called camel spiders because they live in the desert.
Camel Spiders are solpugids.. Along with spiders, they are members of the class Arachnida.
4. Box Jellyfish
Also known as the wasp jellyfish, this salad-bowl sized jellyfish can have up to 60 tentacles as long as 15 feet. Each tentacle has enough toxin to kill 50 humans. They are found in Australia, the Philippines, and many other tropical areas. Since 1884 at least 5,567 deaths have been attributed to these creatures. [Wiki]
This is the largest of all living reptiles and is found mainly in Northern Australia and Southeast Asia. A healthy adult is typically 4.8 – 7 metres (15.75ft – 21ft) long, weighing up to 1.6 tons. There have been reports of larger. This creature is capable of killing and eating animals up tot he size of a water buffalo. In its most deadly attack (called the Death Roll) the crocodile grabs an animal or human with its mouth and begins to roll. A 1ton stallion is known to have been killed by this method in under 1 minute. In the water, the crocodile can move as fast as a dolphin. [Wikipedia Article]
6.Great White Shark
This shark is an exceptionally large shark found in coastal waters in all major oceans. It can reach lengths of up to 6 metres and can weigh up to 5 tons. The Great White Shark is the worlds largest known predatory fish. It is the only surviving species of its genus. In general these creatures do not attack humans, and (while there have been some fatalities) the majority of attacks on humans are believed to be test bites – the Great White Shark are known to test bite other objects in order to determine what they are. More people are killed each year in the US by dogs than Great White Sharks in the last 100 years. [Wikipedia Article]