Top 10 Amazing and Unusual Snakes

While I am not a fan of snakes I do find them fascinating. From the long ones to the colourful ones, they are all worth seeing and maybe from my point of view understanding a bit more as well. So for this post I am on the look out for the World’s strangest and most unusual snakes…


Top 10 Amazing and Unusual Snakes


Top 10 Amazing and Unusual Snakes
Flying Snake

10 – Chrysopelea

Some of you might remember this from my post “Top 10 Amazing Flying Animals” but it doesn’t matter if you do, because lets face it, any snake that can fly was always going to make it into this top 10!

Top 10 Amazing and Unusual Snakes
Eastern Blue Racer

9 – Coluber constrictor foxii

It might have a happy blue colour to it, but this snake is not to be messed with and, in fact, hates anything that comes into its territory. So how did it get is “Blue Racer” name? Well let it chase you and you will soon find out, this fairly small snack has been clocked at 8-10MPH!

Top 10 Amazing and Unusual Snakes
Green Vine Snake

8 – Oxybelis fulgidus

Officially the world’s most slender snake. At an average of just 2cm thick you can often see why it is called the ribbon snake. Not only is this snake venomous, but it is also one of the world’s quickest striking reptiles as well.

Top 10 Amazing and Unusual Snakes
California Red-Sided Garter Snake

7 – Thamnophis

It might look like an image of an over-starched normal snake, but it certainly is not. This highly vivid coloured snake might only be a little one, but it pack a big punch in the colour department.

Top 10 Amazing and Unusual Snakes
The Madagascar Pink Snake

6 – Liophidium pattoni

Don’t be fooled by its girly colours. This is a highly poisonous snake from Madagascar, and while it might not be long (16 inches/40 centimeters) it is still one not to be messed with.

Top 10 Amazing and Unusual Snakes
The Blind Snake

5 – Leptotyphlops humilis

You might be already shouting “WORM” at the screen now, but this really is a snake, just a very unusual one. OK, so it doesn’t have eyes and does indeed live underground eating bugs a larvae, but it is also mild venomous and will give a nasty surprise to anyone who picks it up thinking its a worm.

Top 10 Amazing and Unusual Snakes
Emerald Tree Boa

4 – Corallus caninus

This is certainly one of the biggest snakes in this list. Full grown adults can grow to about 6 feet in length, and are non-venomous. Only in adulthood do they turn to this emerald green, as when they are babies they are yellow or red.

Top 10 Amazing and Unusual Snakes
Horned Desert Viper

3 – Cerastes cerastes

Obviously of the most distinctive characteristics of this species is the presence of horns on its head, but the truth is that some snakes might well be this exact same snake, but with reduced size or even absent horns! Although a non-horned, horned viper doesn’t sound half as scary as one that does.

Top 10 Amazing and Unusual Snakes
Spiny Bush Viper

2 – Atheris hispida

You can certainly see how this amazing snake got its name! One of the world’s most venomous vipers, it is well known for its keeled dorsal scales that give it a spiky look. But it is much more important that you fear the venom rather than the rough looking scales

Top 10 Amazing and Unusual Snakes
Unusual Leaf-Nosed Snake

1 – Langaha nasuta

The Madagascar leaf-nosed snake might not be the biggest snake in the world, but it sure is the most unusual looking.They are generally considered to be one of the calmest snakes and are often very reluctant to bite anything unless provoked.

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