The big four snakes of India 12


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.


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