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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 (0.001 grams)—about a pinhead-sized drop—would be capable of killing 1,000 mice.

Venom Harvest
Premieres Wednesday, February 26, 2003 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the National Geographic Channel
Premieres Wednesday, February 26, at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Three decades ago, Rom Whittaker helped an Indian tribe, the Irulas, go from hunting the region's cobras, kraits, and vipers for their skins to conserving them for their venom. Now we re-visit them with Rom for an update.

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