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The big four snakes of India

I just saw a documentary on National Geographic TV about the “Big four” snakes of India. So I went down to the good old YouTube and found all four of them in motion. The four most dangerous snakes in India are Indian cobra, Russell’s viper, Saw-scaled viper and the most dangerous of them - the common krait. Enjoy!

Indian cobra, Naja naja
This is the most famous Indian snake. She likes rats and because a rat is very common in human houses the encounter is inevitable.

Russell’s viper, Daboia russelii
This snake is a nightmare for Indian farmers. She never bites only once and her venom kills in minutes.

Saw-scaled viper, Echis carinatus
During the day this snake is hidden in the sand. She’s a quick bitter. A fairly small animal (1 meter) has really big teeth (5 milimetres).

Common krait, Bungarus caeruleus
The last and the deadliest member of this list is a Common krait. Even people with anti venom have only 50 % survival chance. This snake is a cannibal, eating exclusively other snakes. Her bite is painless and it usually comes at night. Government is trying to lower krait’s death rate by advising people to sleep on beds and not on the ground. The Common krait comes searching for the human warmth. Many people in her area, especially children, quietly die in their sleep.


  1. Devanur Anju Reshma Aug 6

    Really good work, even I have attempted doing something like this, if get a chance, please go through my site, thankyou.

  2. ssnake Aug 30

    Hi. Been on vacation. I’ve checked your site. Have some really informative posts. Nice work. Do you own any snakes?

  3. pankaj lad Jan 6

    i am living in powai filter pada there is lots of snakes here.& peoples are killing them thinking that they are if you can send me the photos of poisonous snakes i can do something for them.or just give me a snake catchers number living near by.please………….

  4. V.Bas Jul 28

    There is only one thing I am scared of in my life,i.e.cobra.
    Is there any cobra repellent we can use in our house or garden?

  5. ssnake Feb 19

    QL. That’s a good tip. Tnx

  6. siddhadreams Feb 27

    here you showed a banded crait (Bungarus fasciatus)not a common crait (Bungarus caeruleus)

  7. siddhadreams Feb 27

    good work!

  8. Pankaj Gupta May 30

    hai friends this pankaj gupta working for animal welfare oraganisation at hyderabad., So you all can call me for any kind of snake rescues in and around hyderabad Contact: 9052100818.

  9. krishna Feb 20

    i am a big fan of snakes and love every snake and
    i want be herpelogist snd i want to meet steveirwins

  10. Vinay Feb 25

    Gr8 work and informative

  11. Sevak Mar 21

    Its would have been more better to have photos to explain more.

  12. Mukesh Mar 21

    i know one of the bigest snakes in the world and that is near KORBA-CHHATISGARH-INDIA.
    If any one is ready to catch, can cotact me.
    the NASA survey also seen

  13. kshitij cholke Mar 25

    we have noticed a indian cobra in the premices of our house. it casually romes in our garden. in beginning we considered as a mamba but it is a indian cobra. if

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  15. Arun Mar 22

    My friend was bitten by russel viper.he is died three day later

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  18. Dr. Cyrus B. Toorkey Jun 6

    The best snake repellent is a mongoose. These are easy to keep and can be allowed to run aound the house and neighborhood. Also, if you are interested in snakes you can become the local ‘expert’ by studying about them and telling your friends and neighbors. That way when they see a snake comeone can come and get you and you can identify if it is poisonous or non-poisonous.
    I used to do that in my neighborhood in Bombay and it proved to be a most useful thing for my neighbors and for the snakes!

  19. ssnake Jun 7

    Dr. Cyrus B. Toorkey tnx for your comment. This is really good community work. Nothing else works better than building awareness. Tnx again.

  20. Khalid Chaush Raichur Jul 29

    My name is Khalid Chaush From Raichur.
    I Love Snakes and catch them. I need tong. Plz send me shop details in India.
    Contact No 09686764322

  21. Leela Nov 5

    Well done…;-D

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