Are Snakes Real? (Let’s Find Out)

Sometimes when you dont see something with your eyes, it can be hard to believe that it has ever existed. Let’s find out if snakes are real.

Snakes (suborder Serpentes) are real creatures that exist in almost every part of the world. They have been around for approximately 90 to 100 million years. Many of the 3,500 snakes species hide from us in underground burrows, rocks, sea and grass. Snakes are limbless with elongated body and tail. They are more frightened of us and will only attack if threatened. Snakes can be venomous, while some snakes species aren’t.

How many snake species exist?

Three thousand five hundred snakes species are known to us around the world.

How many snakes species are venomous?

Out of the 3,500 snake species, around 600 of them are classed as venomous snakes.

What country has the most snakes?

India has by far the most snakes on land, and the country of Brazil has the most found different snake species in the world.

Can you keep snakes as pets?

Yes, you can keep snakes as pets. Not all species are safe to keep as pets. However, it’s widespread to have snakes as pets, and snake owners enjoy caring for and looking after their pet snake.

Now you know that snakes are real and not just in books or on TV, let us look at the deadliest snakes found on plant earth.

Deadliest Snakes

King Cobra

Indian King Cobra, full view with hood out
Indian King Cobra,

The king cobra is one of the deadliest snakes and is found in the forests throughout India. They are not only classed as one of the deadliest but also the longest venomous snakes as well. Their average length is up to 12 feet (3 to 3.6 meters), but The king cobra are also known to reach 18 feet (5.4 meters)

Saw-scaled viper

Saw scaled viper close up of eye, head and scales
Saw-scaled viper

The Saw-scaled viper can be found in Africa, the Middle East, India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Saw-scaled viper ideal locations are here as the conditions are dry, which they prefer. These snakes can give off a warning sound of sizzling by rubbing parts of their bodies together.

Tiger snake

Tiger snake on some grass
Tiger snake

Tiger snakes venom is deadly, making them one of the deadliest snakes. These snakes are mainly found in Australia’s southern region as well as Tasmania. The patterns on them resemble those of tigers markings, and that is how they got their name. 

Inland taipan

Inland taipan in the desert with blue sky's, view full of snake, with yellow belly
Inland taipan

The deadly snake Inland taipan, also known as the western taipan, is exceptionally fierce yet small compared to other snakes, such as the King Cobra. Inland taipan venom could kill a human in less than an hour. 

Black mamba

a coiled up black mamba
Black mamba

A deadly snake thats black in colour called the Black mamba. They are so fast they can move at speeds of around 12.5 miles an hour. They can kill a human in under 30 minutes with their venom. The Black mamba can reach lengths in size of up to 6.5 feet (2 meters)

Faint-banded sea snake

Faint-banded sea snake

Faint-banded sea snake real name is Hydrophis belcheri, and also known as Belcher’s sea snake. These snakes are shy but, when threatened, are deadly, and their venom will paralyze you if you ever got bitten by one.


Snakes are real. If you are interested in learning more about snakes, check out our articles on snakes, they are truly fascinating. Learn how snakes used to have legs and how they don’t use their eyes to see in the dark.

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By Teresa Mine

Teresa has studied canine behaviour and canine nutrition. She loves sharing her knowledge and educating through her articles. She loves binge-watching animal documentaries. Teresa has some pets; she adores two dogs, two cats, and one hamster.