Countries with the Most Venomous Animal Species

Can you name the countries of the world that have the greatest number of venomous species that are reported to cause serious injury or death to humans.
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Country
80
Mexico
75
Brazil
66
Australia
60
India
59
Indonesia
53
Colombia
50
Vietnam
49
Thailand
48
Myanmar
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Country
47
Ecuador
47
Peru
38
Iran
38
Malaysia
37
South Africa
36
United States
36
Venezuela
34
Kenya
34
Papua New Guinea
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Level 83
Sep 14, 2017
Clearly, Mexico needs to institute "Whacking Day" as a national holiday.
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Level 81
Sep 14, 2017
You'd think Australia was highest given how much they whine about their venomous species. Although I suppose the drop bear is merely dangerous, not venomous.
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Level 75
Sep 14, 2017
I thought that Australia is going to be no. 1 on the list.
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Level 82
Dec 5, 2017
Australia has the "most venomous" animals, not the "most" "venomous" animals.
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Level 75
Feb 10, 2018
We don't whine about them. It's everyone else coming here that keeps worrying. I've only seen a venomous species once. Most of us don't see them ever. But yeah, the ones we do have are some of the most lethal.
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Level 77
Feb 13, 2018
The US is much further down on the list but I live in a rural area and see venomous snakes every summer in my yard, garden, and nearby pond. Nearly everyone in this area has brown recluse spiders in their homes and places of business and I also see occasional black widow spiders outside. I know only one person who has been bitten by a venomous snake, but I know many (including my DIL) who have been bitten by brown recluse spiders. They hide in dark places including shoes, under bed covers, and in sleeves of clothing. I love winter here because there are no spiders or snakes for a few months. My guess is that people living in rural Australia would have similar experiences.
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Level 72
Feb 14, 2018
ander217 where do you live?
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Level 78
Feb 14, 2018
I don't know where Ander217 lives, but we have the same things here near Louisville, KY. We have cottonmouths, several types of rattlers and some very aggressive copperheads. I lost a great yellow lab to one a couple of years ago. Brown recluse and black widow spiders are very common and I have seen scorpions too.
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Level 58
Feb 15, 2018
Can confirm. I live in the Kansas/Missouri area and see brown recluses MUCH more than I would comfortably prefer, and know a handful of people that have gotten bit by them. Black widows are harder to find (just because that's how they are), but my dad got bit by one back when we lived in Texas. Haven't seen scorpions up in this area (though we had those in Texas too...and all sorts of other venomous things), but copperheads are pretty common. I used to work in landscaping and they were a frequent sight.
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Level 47
Mar 31, 2020
huh. im from Iowa, and ive not ever seen any brown recluses.
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Level 67
Apr 1, 2020
Exactly, all the people I hear talking about australia and venemous animals are people that are not from australia.
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Level 24
Oct 9, 2020
EXACTLY, GOOD ONE!!
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Level 48
Feb 14, 2018
Its tourists that compalin about the venemous animals. Australians know that if you don't do out in the bush you don't get bitten.
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Level 58
Oct 15, 2020
Most Australian's are more scared of magpies than snakes and spiders.
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Level 50
Mar 5, 2022
Australians don't whine about venomous or dangerous animals. Its tourists that do that.
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Level 55
Jul 16, 2022
The U.S sounds way more terrifying. Bears, large cats etc.

Not to mention they still have snakes, spiders and the like.

They also border Mexico.

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Level 27
May 17, 2022
what is a drop bear
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Level 35
Aug 3, 2022
most terrifying thing you'll ever see... if you can make it out alive
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Level 73
Sep 14, 2017
I was surprised by how little Africa featured on this quiz. Is there any reasons why huge, tropical countries like the DRC don't have that many venemous animals?
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Level 83
Sep 15, 2017
Note that the number given is number of different species--not total number of venemous animals. So DRC, for example, might have 60 ka-jillion-jillion black mambas, but they show up as ONE in this quiz, because they are all the same species. Same for Australia--they have a lower number of different species--but might have an astronomical number of those few species they do have. It would perhaps be more useful for travelers to know an estimate of the total number of things-that-might-kill-me each country has.
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Level 87
Sep 15, 2017
I would also postulate that most of tropical Africa hasn't been as well studied as Latin America. Haven't specifically dived into the data but I imagine that a lot of the countries with really high numbers have a lot of similar animals that were originally believed to be the same species but upon further investigation turned out to be separate species. Considering the numbers of it's neighbors I am surprised that Cambodia and New Guinea aren't on the list but since they are in large part a lot less studied than it's neighbors it is understandable given my previous explanation.
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Level 70
Mar 6, 2022
Or a quiz on the number/rate of deaths from venomous species per country. It will likely correlate with the numbers of individual venomous animals, as well as with the relative potency of each native species’ venom. So the DRC would appear much higher because it has black mambas AND it has lots of them.
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Level 81
Mar 7, 2022
Compared to, for example, the Amazon, the Congo has surprisingly low biodiversity generally, and given this quiz is based on number of species, I'd say that's the key factor here.
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Level 69
Feb 13, 2018
I think that the answers in this quiz are the result of imperfect data from some countries. Hard to believe that, if India and Myanmar are on the list, that Bangla Desh wouldn't be.
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Level 54
Feb 13, 2018
Bangladesh is alot smaller than Myanmar and India though
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Level 70
Mar 6, 2022
And far more densely populated. Most venomous species seem to inhabit forests or other ‘wilderness’ environments and avoid humans where possible. Most snakes will scarper before biting, and lethal bites usually come from cornering them, or accidentally stepping on them. I would imagine Bangladesh has far less ideal habitat than less densely populated areas of that part of the world.
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Level 71
Sep 15, 2017
Most talk about Australia's deadly creatures is just that ....... talk. The vast majority of Australians have never seen any of these creatures. Deaths by Snake Bite since WW2 (72 years) = 28, Deaths by Crocodile (usually swimming against advice) 34. Deaths by Road Accidents since 1970 (47 years)= >70,000, Deaths at work last 12 years = 2000+. So driving to work and working is the biggest cause of accidental death in Australia. I'm going to stay at home.
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Level 61
Sep 15, 2017
Obviously, there would be fewer deaths by road accidents if people wouldn't transport snakes in their cars.
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Level 66
Sep 15, 2017
And drive on the left side of the car.
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Level 82
Sep 15, 2017
In the UK we have the most venomous of them all - MY WIFE
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Level 70
Mar 6, 2022
That’ll teach you to marry an adder, won’t it? lol
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Level 66
Sep 15, 2017
I wonder what Iran has in its arsenal of deadly critters?
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Level 75
Sep 15, 2017
With the Amazonian countries being here, I would have expected to see Guyana and Suriname here too.
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Level 80
Sep 25, 2017
They are much smaller though
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Level 75
Sep 15, 2017
Those facts scare me :P Here in Serbia we have three kinds of poisonous snakes, and it is fine for me, because they are rare. We have also small scorpions, but they are dangerous like mosquitos.
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Level 74
Feb 13, 2018
Well stopping eating the snakes then.
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Level 82
Sep 26, 2017
Yep... it's hard to find that the two things your country leads (according to JetPunk Data) are deadly for you: venomous animals... and avocados.
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Level 67
Feb 14, 2018
I love New Zealand. Nothing venomous here. You can roll around in long grass anywhere and the only thing that would kill you would be falling off a cliff.
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Level 61
Feb 15, 2018
I hate poisonous cliffs.
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Level 65
Oct 9, 2020
Love that reply. Classic!
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Level 35
Jun 21, 2022
Yeah but the ground itself tries to kill you every so often. I think I'll take my chances with the snakes lol.
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Level 52
Feb 14, 2018
I guess I won't be traveling to Venezuela any time soon.
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Level 30
Feb 15, 2018
I mean there are lot reasons not to go to Venezuela.
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Level 30
Feb 16, 2018
Like not becoming dinner for a hungry Venezuelan is one of them.
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Level 63
Dec 7, 2018
Just out of curiosity, I looked at the source, and it appears that DRC has 38. I'm not sure if the source was updated, but it might have been.
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Level 68
Jan 4, 2020
If you want to get things right, don't guess European countries
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Level 87
Mar 3, 2022
Well, you could make a case for the Vatican...
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Level 70
Mar 6, 2022
Well done sir, I think that wins the comments section.
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Level 65
Oct 9, 2020
Had fun learning from this quiz. Well done.
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Level 70
Oct 9, 2020
No China? Does this have anything to do with the fact that the report only lists snakes from southern China? Or does China, despite its enormous size and wide range of latitudes and environments, simply not have many snakes?
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Level 70
Oct 10, 2020
*venomous animals, although it looks like many of them are snakes
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Level 81
Mar 7, 2022
China's not exactly covered in dense rainforests, which are responsible for the majority of these. Much of it is also barren and at high altitude. A great deal of it is also in the cooler mid-latitudes. The remainder is very heavily populated (and has been for a long time), likely leading to biodiversity loss.
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Level 66
Oct 11, 2020
I'm worried about the countries *not* on this list - they might be the ones where you don't come back to report about that thing that bit you!
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Level 56
Mar 3, 2022
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