Skip to Content

How Many Times Can a Snake Bite Until it’s Out of Venom?

A close up of an eastern coral snake.

If you come face-to-face with a snake, you may be wondering just how many times it can bite you before it runs out of venom. For the vast majority of snakes, it’s highly unlikely that they will bite more than once. And when they do, they can decide how much venom they’ll inject into you.

This is the reason that there are so many “dry-bites” where no venom is injected. As they’re shy and scared of humans, snakes will strike as a last resort and then attempt to make a getaway. Unless, of course, you make contact with a black mamba.

Black mambas are nasty, vindictive snakes with the personality of a psychopath. They’ve been known to bite up to 12 times in a single attack! Their venom is extremely toxic, but they will inject up to 12 times as much venom as is needed to kill their prey.

If you’re unfortunate enough to meet one of these slithery assassins, then you have about 20-30 minutes before you die after a bite. Not pleasant.

Can Snakes Run Out of Venom?

A macro shot of a snake venomous reptile.

While it is unusual for a snake to bite more than once, it is possible and snakes do run out of venom. It can then take from a few days to some weeks to fully recharge their venom sacs. It is not always necessary for a snake to inject venom to kill its prey or to affect an escape.

They are more than capable of inflicting serious wounds just with their bite alone.

How Long Does it Take for a Snake to Replenish Its Venom?

The complex process of producing venom depends to a large degree on how healthy and well-fed the snake is. Younger snakes take longer to produce venom than older, more mature snakes. Adult rattlesnakes can, for instance, replenish their venom in a matter of days, whereas younger members of the species can take a week or more to produce their venom.

It is always best to assume that the snake has venom available rather than taking a chance and assuming that it has exhausted its supply.

Can a Snake Bite Twice?

Boiga dendrophila mangrove snake showing his aggressiveness.

It is unusual for more than one envenomation to occur during the same attack. However, snakes are quite capable of biting more than once and some snakes, such as the mamba, make a habit of biting repeatedly to subdue their prey.

What is the Deadliest Snake in the United States?

Crotalus atrox snake in the united states.

The eastern diamondback rattlesnake is considered the most dangerous snake in the United States. It is the largest of the rattlesnake species in North America and is considered the most venomous of North American snakes.

What Snake Bite Kills the Fastest?

There are about 2200 species of snake on the planet, of which about 600 are venomous. Of those 600 species, about 200 are considered dangerous to human beings by the World Health Organization.

Here are the planet’s most deadly snakes:

1. Black Mamba

Black mamba snake head shot.

This is the quickest snake in the world, traveling at 5.5m or 12.5 miles per hour, it can kill a human in as little as 20 minutes with its neurotoxic venom. They are usually inclined to avoid human contact but will attack repeatedly if they feel threatened.

2. King Cobra

A poisonous king cobra.

This 18-foot monster is the longest venomous snake in the world, with a neurotoxin that can bring down an elephant. Half the people it bites die from its attack and, as it is found in populous areas in India, it is often in contact with humans. They are much larger than their counterparts in Africa.

“Forest cobras are the largest cobras in Africa, reaching lengths of over 8 feet.”

Simon Keys – Snake Catcher

3.  Faint-Banded Sea Snake

Faint-banded sea snake swim under the water.

This sea snake is considered to be the deadliest in the world with a venom that is 100 times more toxic than the Taipan. Fortunately, it is found in remote parts of the Pacific and Indian oceans and doesn’t come into contact with humans much at all.

4. Tiger Snake

Easter tiger snake in defence pose.

Australia is home to the Tiger Snake, which uses a deadly cocktail of venom to neutralize its prey. They vary in size as an evolutionary adaptation to the size of their prey.

5. Inland Taipan

Inland taipan in strike position.

This is another snake that can kill a human in under an hour without treatment. Luckily, they are native to Australia’s remoter regions, where human contact is rare.

6. Saw-Scaled Viper

One of the four venomous snake in india.

While this is not the most venomous snake, its close contact with human beings in parts of India and the Middle East results in many bites and fatalities. It is responsible for killing more humans than any other snake on the planet.

Can You Survive a Rattlesnake Bite Without Treatment?

A scary rattlesnake.

Yes, it is quite possible to survive a rattlesnake bite without receiving treatment. But it is also equally possible for you to die from their bite. Treat a rattlesnake bite as a medical emergency and obtain treatment as soon as possible to avoid the potentially fatal consequences.

Do Rattlesnakes Strike Twice?

Rattlesnake in the cave.

A rattlesnake will happily bite you more than once, so move at least 20 feet or more away if you’re bitten by one. The venom will cause your flesh to die within about 6 hours, so it is advisable to seek medical attention sooner rather than later.

What Not to Do if You’re Bitten by a Snake

A first aid of man who bite snake.

Being bitten by a snake need not be a life-or-death situation. Most snake bites are not too serious and if you’re strong and healthy, then it is unlikely that you will suffer more than a few hours of discomfort. However, young children and older people are more at risk and each snakebite should be treated as an emergency.

If you’re out in the bush, then you should follow these rules to avoid becoming a victim of a serious snake bite:

  1. Once you’re bitten, it’s important that you lie down and remain calm. Contact 911 or an ambulance service immediately and wait for paramedics to respond. Physical activity causes the toxins to circulate quicker and more easily through your body as you move about. It is far safer to stay where you are and wait. Only move if you are advised to do so by qualified personnel.
  2. Do not attempt to catch the snake or harm it in any way. It is unlikely that untrained paramedics or doctors will be able to identify the type of snake anyway.
  3. When receiving treatment, paramedics or doctors will perform a diagnostic test to identify the type of poison you’ve had injected into you. For this reason, you must not wash the bite area or allow anyone to attempt to slice the wound open and suck the venom out. This will make the task of identifying the venom more difficult and potentially introduce venom into the other person’s system through cuts in their mouth
  4. Do not use a tourniquet to cut off blood flow to the affected area. It is best rather to use a compression bandage.Cutting off blood flow can often lead to blood pooling in the limbs, resulting in further tissue damage. There are also many snake bites where no venom is injected, the so-called “dry-bite”. You don’t want to cut off blood flow to a part of your body with potentially disastrous consequences, if no venom was injected or if the snake wasn’t venomous.

On the rare occasions that snakes do bite humans, they are more than capable of biting more than once but seldom do. In the case of the black mamba, you’ll have 20-30 minutes to receive treatment before dying, as they inject 10-12 times more venom than is needed to kill you.

Luckily, they’re restricted to parts of Africa, so you’re unlikely to meet one face to face.

Sources: How Do Snake Replenish their Venom? 

  • It’s Not Water: Pooph is totally fragrance free because it eliminates odor instead of covering it up! Pooph contains no harsh chemicals—it’s a proprietary mineral-based formula so clean and pure you could actually mistake it for pure natural spring water until you actually use it and see for yourself how miraculously it works!
  • Risk-Free Guarantee: Try POOPH for 30 days and if you aren’t happy, simply return it for a 100% no-hassle refund. Just send us a message via your Amazon order page and we’ll take care of the rest!
  • Instant & Safe: Instantly and safely freshens and dismantles puppy, dog, cat, pet, and litter urine and feces odors on a molecular basis – so they never return! Safe for people, pets, plants, and the planet!
  • Eliminates: Safely eliminates (doesn’t just cover up) urine, feces, vomit, and other pet odors that may invite your pets to defecate in the same spot over and over
  • No stains & Fragrance Free: Contains a clear, odorless, and non-staining formula that freshens and eliminates odors and will not stain carpets, clothing, toys, and more - use in every room in your house
  • PREMIUM QUALITY: A combination of premium texture and granule size made with 100% bentonite clay for maximum clumping creates litter particles that are just the right size.
  • LOW DUST: Ideal for cats and owners who suffer from allergies with a 99.9% dust-free and hypoallergenic litter formulation.
  • HARD CLUMPING: Hard clumping medium grain clay helps prevent moisture from reaching the bottom of the tray and forms hard clumps that won't break down, making it easier to scoop.
  • SUPERIOR ODOR CONTROL: Formulated for single or multi-cat households with natural ingredients to keep your home smelling clean and fresh between litter box cleanings.
  • LOW TRACKING: A unique formulation of medium grain clay helps keep litter in the box where it belongs.
  • FOUNDED IN 1987: Dr. Elsey’s is a veterinarian-owned cat product brand dedicated to creating products that solve the complex needs of pet owners. Founded in 1987 with the first all-natural clumping cat litter, Dr. Elsey’s line of products has since grown to include a variety of premium litters that address the health and behavioral needs of cats in every stage of life.
  • Gift Cards never expire and carry no fees.
  • Multiple gift card designs and denominations to choose from.
  • Redeemable towards millions of items store-wide at or certain affiliated websites.
  • Available for immediate delivery. Gift cards sent by email can be scheduled up to a year in advance.
  • No returns and no refunds on Gift Cards.
  • Gift Cards can only be used to purchase eligible goods and services on and certain related sites as provided in the Gift Card Terms and Conditions. To purchase a gift card for use on an Amazon website in another country, please visit:,,,,,,,,, or
  • Open four-arm frame design protects the blade and does not trap dirt in the case
  • Lightweight case for easy handling and transport
  • Dual-material grip elevated above the reel prevents contact between reel and knuckles
  • Versatile folding end hook for use in multiple applications
  • Rewind reel tucks away for protection during storage
  • ROLL ON: Our compact and convenient dog poop bag refill rolls help you keep poop bags where you need them–everywhere.
  • DURABLE & LEAKPROOF: Extra long, extra strong and 100% leak-proof guaranteed to keep hands clean on the go.
  • BETTER BAGS : A new generation of high quality & durable dog poop bags made from 65% certified post-consumer recycled plastic. Giving a second life to over 5 million pounds of landfill-bound plastic a year recycled plastic.
  • OUR MISSION: At Earth Rated, We are on a mission to make life with dogs simpler and better. We are also proudly B Corp Certified.
  • WHAT'S INCLUDED: This pack includes 270 lavender scented Earth Rated dog poop bags that measure 9"x13" on 18 refill rolls.
  • Contains one (1) 15.8 oz. 60-count value pack of GREENIES PILL POCKETS Capsule Size Natural Dog Treats Chicken Flavor; MADE WITH NATURAL INGREDIENTS plus trace nutrients
  • GREENIES Pill Pockets are the tasty, smarter way to help your dog’s medicine go down—without trying to hide pills in human food like messy peanut butter or cheese
  • Your dog won’t be able to sniff out the medicine: Pill Pockets mask the smell and taste, and come in an irresistible chicken flavor for a stress- and mess-free experience for you both
  • These Pill Pockets Dog Treats are a cinch to use: Drop the medicine tablet inside the pocket, pinch it closed, and give your best friend a tasty snack
  • When it comes to meds, pets are smart—but you’re smarter: GREENIES Pill Pockets are a vet-recommended medicating treat hack you and your dog will love
  • These easy-to-use medicating pouches make taking medicine a positive experience for your dog
  • Contains one (1) 30 oz. tub of TEMPTATIONS Classic Cat Treats Tasty Chicken Flavor
  • Your cat can’t wait to get their paws on these scrumptious cat food treats that are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside
  • Under 2 calories per chicken flavor cat treat, so you can feel good about rewarding your cat every day
  • TEMPTATIONS Cat Treats are 100% nutritionally complete and balanced for adult cat maintenance and can be used as a treat, meal, or cat food topper
  • Treat ’em again and again with this super value-sized resealable tub: perfect for keeping cat paws off when you’re not watching
  • America’s #1 Cat Treat Brand*… just shake the pack and they’ll come running
  • *Based on 2019 Nielsen sales data
  • Contains one (1) 40 ounce package of small dog treats with real bone marrow (packaging may vary)
  • The dog biscuit shell encases a real bone marrow center, delicious treats that you can feel good about giving
  • Crunchy on the outside and meaty on the inside, our MaroSnacks dog snacks are a satisfying combo of texture and mouthwatering flavor
  • Savory treats with calcium, perfect for dogs of all sizes
  • Baked with love in Buffalo, New York, USA, with colors from natural ingredients only

The Black Friday Deals