Types Of Snakes In The World

Some are harmless, while others inject or spit out poison. In addition, there are also the constrictors, which are those who kill their victims by suffocation.
Types of snakes in the world

Snakes or snakes correspond to a group of animals that includes 3,460 species, so it is interesting to analyze what types of snakes exist on our planet.

Types of snakes in the world

Boas and pythons

Among the different types of snakes, pythons and pythons are considered the most primitive species and, in fact, still have vestigial hind legs. 

Boas and pythons are never poisonous, but kill their prey by suffocation, while wrapping their muscle rings around the victim’s ribs.

boa constrictor

Among the pythons and pythons there are several popular snakes: the  royal python is very famous as a pet, while the reticulated python can reach 10 meters in length.

Boas and pythons have binding teeth, which are solid, backward-curved teeth.

They allow their fangs not to escape, but they are not designed to inoculate venom.


Colubrids or snakes are among the most common types of snakes, and can be found in many different ecosystems. 

Among colubrids there are not only dangerous specimens, even if they are poisonous.


Although most snakes are not dangerous, the poison of African boomslang is deadly.


This group includes extremely venomous snakes, usually neurotoxic venom. Among the elapids are the mambas, cobras and the coral snake.


Mambas are African arboreal snakes, known to be very venomous and extremely fast.

The best known is the black mamba, as it is the  most venomous snake in Africa; curiously it is not arboreal and owes its name to the black color of its mouth.

Cobras are known for that hood they extend when they feel threatened.

They live in both Asia and Africa and display their cervical vertebrae as a warning gesture. They have great strength for non-constricting snakes, due to the muscles that unfold the hood.

Coral snakes and sea snakes are elapid with bright colors and powerful venoms, reminiscent of poisonous frogs. In the case of the coral snake, black, yellow and red predominate.

Elapids have proteoglyph teeth, which are in front of the mouth and are quite short. These snakes inject the venom when they bite, except for some that spit, as they have a channel that allows them to shoot the venom.


This group includes European vipers and crotalus, among which rattlesnakes stand out. Viperids have a hemotoxic venom, which does not need to reach the brain to act.

In such situations, the use of tourniquets can lead to an amputated limb.


Vipers are very easy to recognize as they have a triangular head and a vertical pupil, although this is not always the case.

They are considered the most venomous snakes in Europe, and were even used in Punic wars to be hurled at enemy ships.

They include several specimens, mostly American. The best known are the rattlesnakes, which can make a characteristic noise to warn of their danger.

As for its bite, its teeth are solenoglyphs: movable fangs that act like hypodermic needles  and can rotate, very effective in injecting the venom.

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