Which Snake is the Most Toxic to You?

Venom toxicity is calculated using two factors: its LD50 and its venom yield per bite. LD50 is defined as the lethal dose in mg for 50% of a population of 20g white mice. The following is a chart of a variety of poisonous snakes. Please calculate the snake that has potential to be the most lethal to you. To do this: 1) Calculate your body mass in Kg (1 lb = 0.4535924 Kg); 2) Pick the type of injection (subcutaneous, intramuscular, intravenous, or peritoneal) that is the most lethal (smallest number); 3) Pick the maximum yield (we are calculating the max potential); 4) divide max yield by the most lethal injection ld50 to get the max possible ld50's delivered; and 5) divide the max ld50 yield by your mass to calculate the # of ld50's delivered for a person of your mass.

LD50 Scores for various snakes
Common name Sub-
cutaneous
mg/kg
Intra-
muscular
mg/kg
Intra-
venous
mg/kg
Intra-
peritoneal
mg/kg
Venom
Yield
mg

Max ld50
yield
mg/kg

Your Mass
kg
# LD50's delivered for
a person of your mass
Common death adder 0.5   0.25   70.0-236.0      
Southern copperhead 25.6   10.9 10.9 40.0-75.0      
Cottomouth/ Water moccasin 25.8   4 5.1 80.0-170.0      
Dubois's sea snake 0.044       0.07      
Olive sea snake 0.264 0.09     10.0-33.0      
Puff adder   2 1.32   100.0-350.0      
Gaboon viper 12.5 5.2 6.722 1.589 450.0-600.0      
Indian krait 0.365   0.169 0.089 8.0-20.0      
Eastern diamondback
rattlesnake
14.6   1.65 2.295 200.0-850.0      
Western diamondback
rattlesnake
18.5 20 2.72 5.588 175.0-600.0      
Sidewinder       4 18.0-50.0      
Timber rattlesnake 3.1   2.107 2.272 75.0-210.0      
Mojave green rattlesnake     0.189 0.159 50.0-150      
Prarie rattlesnake     1.01 2 35.0-250.0      
Black mamba 0.32   0.25 0.941 50.0-120.0      
Boomslang     0.72   1.6-8.0      
Beaked sea snake 0.1125   0.26 0.107 7.7-9.0      
Annulated sea snake 0.464   0.456 0.24 5.0-8.0      
Elegant sea snake 0.26 0.21     9.0-24.0      
Bushmaster 36.9   4.51 6.17 200.0-500.0      
coral snake sp. 1.3   0.3   3.0-5.0      
Black banded coral snake     0.394 0.701 5.0-8.0      
Egyptian cobra 1.15   0.96 0.185 175.0-300.0      
Forest cobra     0.6 0.324 500      
Mainland tiger snake 0.214   0.04   35.0-189.0      
King cobra 1.7   1.31 1.644 350.0-500.0      
Inland taipan 0.025       44.0-110.0      
Coastal taipan 0.106   0.013 0.009 120.0-400.0      
Yellow bellied sea snake 0.067   0.22   1.0-4.0      
Asp viper   4.7 1   9.0-10.0      

Venom Chart Information from http://mysite.mweb.co.za/residents/net12980/ld50tot.html

Please list the top 5 most poisonous snakes to you:

rank Name of Snake # of LD50's capable of delivering to you
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