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India's Deadliest Snakes

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India's Deadliest Snakes

India's tropical conditions play the perfect host to a wide variety of snakes -- approximately 300 species, including 50 venomous varieties. Recently, eminent naturalist and wildlife adventurer Nigel Marven visited the sub-continent to talk about the 10 deadliest snakes India, as part of his quest to discover the most dangerous of these reptiles across the world.

 

1) Indian Cobra, Spectacled Cobra

The Indian cobra, known as “Nag” is one of the species of highly venomous snake found throughout India. Indian cobras are found in many habitats but generally prefer open forest edges, fields, and the areas around villages

 

2) Indian Krait

Indian or blue krait is a largely nocturnal snake by nature. It is often found in water sources, and delivers a bite that can be mistaken for something less fatal.

 

3) The King Cobra

The Great King Cobra is the biggest snake in India,with an average length of 13-15 ft. The unique King cobras can reach upto 18 feet (5.5 meters) in length, making them the world’s longest venomous snake. The fierce and agile King cobra habitat rainforest,humid jungle,Thick undergrowth, cool swamps and bamboo clusters forested areas.

 

4) Indian Pit Vipers

The Indian Green Pit Viper is also known as bamboo snake or tree viper, it is one of the most common of the Pit Vipers family, mainly live on arboreal, living in vines, bushes and bamboos. There is a group of snakes that are known as Pit Vipers, Not only are these snakes venomous they also have a very cool heat sensing system.

 

5) Hump-Nosed Pit Viper

These snakes found in dense jungles and coffee plantations (especially Kerala), this type of viper features smooth scales and a wide triangular head that is distinctly broader than the neck. It's name is given on account of its snout that is wide and slightly upturned.

posted Feb 13 by Kavyashree

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