Fang Facts


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A team of snake experts takes you inside the world of snakes – from the swamps of Madagascar to the Streets of New York City.  Snake Wranglers give you an inside view as experts risk their lives to collect life-saving venom, conduct dramatic rescues, and wrestle slithering giants.

Catch an episode of Snake Wranglers at 6P et starting on Monday September 13 only on Nat Geo Wild.

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How much do you know about snake fangs and their venom?

Which snake has the longest fangs?
If you’re talking fang size – the gaboon viper is the best-endowed snake on the planet – with fangs that can reach up to two inches in length! The fangs fold back against the roof of the snake’s mouth… then snap out in an instant to strike.

Which snake causes the most human deaths?
It’s a toss-up between the Russell’s viper… and the spectacled cobra — both found in south asia. Their venom is deadly, but it’s their close proximity to people that makes them the world’s leading killers.

How do snakes swallow prey bigger than their heads?

A snake’s jaws work much like the loose hinge on a pair of pliers, allowing the snake to spread its jaws over its meal.  Then, the snake’s jaws “walk” the meal deeper until it’s devoured.

Do spitting cobras really “spit” venom?
Technically, no – they spray it.  A muscular contraction pushes venom from the bottom of the cobra’s fangs, while air expelled from the cobra’s lung blows or sprays the venom at its intended victim.

Which snake has the most toxic venom?

While australia’s eastern brown snake and the dubois sea snake are strong contenders, drop for drop, the venom of western australia’s inland taipan takes the prize. Just one milligram – about a pinhead-sized drop – would be capable of killing 1,000 mice.