By Anders Nielsen, Ph.d.

These animals show their normal or close to normal behavior in these videos. It is, however, important to note that some of the videos are of snakes held in captivity or snakes provoked to do something they might not have done in their natural habitat.

In this video, you will get to know a former cobra snake pet owner. He died due to a heart attack caused when his friend, the cobra, one day decided to bite him. Pet pythons are another common cause of fatalities of pet owners.

Alligators and snakes are two top predators. In the Everglades (Florida, USA), alligators have been top predators for millions of years, while pythons have only been there a few years. In this video, you will see that how these two dangerous species go “one on one” with each other. In the end it is the alligator who comes out on top because of his larger size, but the python surely gives him a tough time.

This cottonmouth clearly displays the white of its mouth as a warning. Dylan has a YouTube channel called Herping with Dylan. You can find a lot of his awesome videos on his YouTube channel here:Herping with Dylan.

In the U.S., coral snakes are only found in Florida. Some other snakes have evolved to have the same colors as coral snakes, but they are not venomous. You can always tell if a coral snake is a coral snake, as its red bands touch its yellow bands. Coral snakes are the only Elapid snakes in the U.S. Only a very small fraction of venomous snake bites in the U.S. are from coral snakes. Part of the reason is, of course, that they are only found in Florida. There are two rhymes that come to mind when speaking of coral snakes: If red touches yellow kills a fellow and Red on black, friend of Jack , Red into black, venom lack; red into yellow, kill a fellow. Be aware!

It is not uncommon that a snake does not kill its prey before it eats it. This sea snake does not seem to care much about ethics. This sea snake lies and waits for the prey, in this case a small fish, to get so close that it can attack it. In this case, the sea snake is successful with its ambush tactics. The sound is awful; please turn it off.

It is amazing to see how the snake attacks the rabbit. In three minutes, it is all over. Basically, what happens is that the rabbit dies from aspyhxiation, shock, or something in between the two. Research have suggested that pythons are capable of sensing heart rate during the asphyxiation process, which allows it to adjust its power accordingly. Another possibility is that the rabbit is so shocked by the attack that it dies from that and not from oxygen deprivation.

The video quality of this video is actually splendid. The guy finds a copperhead snake. As he says, it is not deadly, but it will definitely send you to the hospital. After the copperhead snake, he actually finds a ringneck snake, and believe it or not, he ends the day by finding a garter snake.

As the fastest and quickest moving snake in Africa, one has to take extra care when trying to film a black mamba. Honestly, this guy is pretty stupid, as he spends a lot of time (1:59–3:48) provoking a mamba until he finally catches it. At 4:20 he shows us the fangs of the mamba by forcing its mouth open. You can really see how large and strong the black mamba is from this video.

Sea snakes are deadly. In this video, a biologist dives into the sea to catch snakes so he can milk their venom. It is the goal of this type of research that the venom can be used to find a cure or develop new medicine against various diseases.

Gaboon vipers are one of the heaviest venomous snakes found in confined regions south of the Sahara. These snakes are capable of producing a dose of venom reflecting their size. Despite their large body build, they are quick and agile, and this video shows how incredibly agile these large snake are.

Puff adder snakes are Africa’s deadliest snakes. They can be found throughout Africa, except for the Sahara and rainforest regions. Puff adder snakes are one of the stronger and larger snakes, and they can deliver a large dose of venom, as you will see demonstrated in this video.

Cobra snakes are the largest venomous snakes in the world and are responsible for many human fatalities. They belong to the Elapidae family just like the coral snake. This video provides a brief introduction to cobra snakes that shows you how dangerous these snakes really are.

Bushmaster snakes can be found across most of South America. These snakes are one of the most venomous snakes and about 80% of the times its bite proves lethal—that is, for small rodents. These snakes are not very aggressive, and they only attack if they feel threatened or their eggs are in danger. This video will show you the many facts and features about these snakes, and you will see the different types of bushmaster snakes that can be found in different parts of the world.

Rattlesnakes are venomous snakes with a rattle on the tail that buzzes before attacks or when it tries to give a warning. In this video, you will find useful information about rattlesnakes and how their bite can take your life. At the end, you will see a little encounter of a man with a rattlesnake where the man kills the snake with the help of a stick and a stone.

The diamondback rattlesnake is a large rattlesnake that can grow to seven feet. Its base color is a brown or gray, and its tail has alternating white and black rings. The snakes can locate their prey even at night. In this video, you will see a rattlesnake attack and kill a rat.

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et al. “Snakebite mortality in Costa Rica”, Toxicon, Vol. 35 pp. 1639-43 (1997)

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