It is quite interesting to know that India is reported to have the most number of snake bites and related deaths in the world. In fact, 20% of people bitten by snakes in this country die. The snakes in that region are aggressive and numerous- but four are considered to be the worst. This article will highlight the four most venomous snakes in India.





The first snake that makes the list is the King Cobra– due to movies and television, it is one of the most widely known and feared snakes. Generally, this species is a brown or green color with bands of black. The majority of the time, the King Cobras try to avoid attacking other venomous snakes because they are highly intelligent, however, if hungry enough it will attack even members of their own species. Their bite contains more venom per milligram than any other snake and without immediate medical attention, death is certain.

indian king cobra

 

Indian Cobra is one of the most deadly snakes in this list. These snakes generally eat frogs and rats, so they like to live and seeking prey near  residential areas.

most venomous snakes in india

 

The next snake on the list is the Indian Krait- whose venom is 16 times pore powerful than venom from a cobra. Their bites quickly cause the victim’s muscles to become paralyzed. Their coloring is black or blue with bands of white and they have a very narrow head. It is listed as the world’s second most deadly snake- with it being more active at night and enjoying to find refuge in tents, boots, and other dark places, the most common problem is people unintentionally stepping on them.

blue krait

 

Number four of the most venomous snakes in India is Russell’s Viper– a snake that when cornered, coils tightly in a ball, and strikes at such a fast speed that the victim rarely has time to escape. Once a person is bitten, there is severe pain at the site, followed by extreme swelling and bleeding. The victim’s blood pressure and heart rate drop. This snake is light brown with dark brown or black splotches that have a white or yellow border around them; it’s head is a triangle shape with a raised, rounded snout.

russells viper snake

 

To complete this compilation is the Saw Scaled Viper, actually the smallest of these four snakes. It is a pale grey, red, green, or brown color with mostly white colored spots. These species are generally found in areas that are cultivated because they look for rats as a food source.

sawscaled viper snake

In the country of India, steps are being taken to improve mortality rates. With better medical treatment and anti-venom which are now available, the fatality percentage has decreased. However, because of continued trust in folk medicine and delayed time to seek proper medical attention, the number is still quite high.

In conclusion, out of the whole world, India is considered one of the most dangerous places because of the variety of poisonous snakes. The five most venomous snakes in India are the King Cobra, Indian Krait, Russel’s Viper, Indian Cobra and the Saw Scaled Viper. If you are ever in that end of the earth, do your best to stay away from these highly dangerous snakes.

 

Photo courtesy:

Jayendra Chiplunkar , Hari Prasad , Pavan Kumar N , Shantanu Kuveskar , Saleem Hameed

 

 

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