Stunningly Deadly Top 5

Stunningly Deadly Top 5

If looks could kill, then the animals on this list would be twice as deadly as they already are, because today we’re looking at the top five most stunning, drop-dead (get it?) gorgeous reptiles in the world.

5. The Rhino Viper

A horned venomous viper species found in the forests and swamps of West and Central Africa. A large viper, known for its striking coloration and prominent nasal  “horns.” The venom of the rhinoceros viper is considered to be relatively weak and is more likely to cause severe tissue damage than death, but certainly a bite is not pleasant. 

 

4. The Gila Monster

Easily identified by their black bodies marked with dramatic patterns of pink, orange, or yellow, the Gila monster is a species of venomous lizard native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexican state of Sonora.

Only growing up to about 2-3 feet long these stunningly deadly lizards have a bite that is certainly worse than their bark! (because they can’t bark hahaha). Its venom is made by a row of glands in the lizard’s lower jaw. When the lizard bites, small grooves in the teeth help the venom flow into its prey.  Don’t worry though, a Gila monster bite is painful to humans, but it rarely causes death.

 

3. The Poison Dart Frog

Hopping in to number 3 is the gorgeous Poison Dart Frog.  These beautiful frogs are considered to be one of Earth’s most toxic, or poisonous, species. Poison dart frogs live in the rain forests of Central and South America.

Secreting poison toxins through their skin, just one golden poison dart frog has enough poison to kill 20,000 mice! They come in wide range of beautiful colors such as blues, greens, reds, yellows and orange, but these colors are not just to show off, they are a strong warning to leave them alone!

 

2. The African Bush Viper

Ambushing in at number 2 is the African Bush Viper. This highly venomous ambush predator is found in central and western Africa.

There are three subspecies of the beautiful spiny bush viper that differ in color, size and type of habitat where they can be found. They are mostly found in dense tropical forest areas where there are enough rodents and animals to prey. This stunningly beautiful snake may change its colors in its lifespan, look but don’t touch this snake is known to be quite aggressive in the wild.

 

1. The Coral Snake

Slithering in at number one is a famous snake, not just for its toxicity, but for its colors and the well known-poem that accompanies them:

Red touches Black, you’re okay, Jack.
Red touches Yellow, kills a fellow

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As shown in figures 1 and 2 the harmless constrictor, the Milk Snake (left, Fig.1) has taken to adopting the deadly Coral Snake’s colors (right Fig.2). In the southern parts of the United States where both these species are common, this poem is a very useful reminder that can save lives.