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10 creatures that deliver the most painful stings and bites

By: Bryan Nelson on July 25, 2011, 10:40 a.m.
A viper slithers in a zoo habitat

Photo: Cedricguppy - Loury C├ędric/Wikimedia Commons

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There are more deadly snake bites than those delivered by a viper, but viper bites are reputed to be the most painful. Van Wallach of the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology describes his worst encounter with a viper as follows: "It felt like somebody had a blowtorch and was burning the inside your arm. It went on for three straight days before I had any relief." Of course, envenomation from a viper can also kill you, so it's best to avoid these slithery serpents at all costs.