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The Most Poisonous Snakes in India

Updated on February 3, 2015

Everybody is afraid of snakes. Humans don't know how to deal with snake poison. But of course snakes are just animals, and are themselves afraid of humans. Some snakes are poisonous but not all.

There are many misconceptions about snakes. The truth is, snakes don't bite unless you disturb them or frighten them. Like other animals, snakes are an important part of the food chain, and we should respect them for their position in the chain and for the work they do for farmers. Snakes are particularly amazing in controlling rats, which left alone can destroy a whole crop overnight. This is important because in India the main source of income is agriculture and many people depend on their farms for their livelihood.

There are many poisonous snakes worldwide, but we will focus on Indian snakes here.

King Cobra

The most famous and most feared snake in India, the king cobra is a large and powerful snake. The king cobra's skin is either olive-green, tan, or black, with faint, pale yellow cross bands down the length of the body. The belly is cream or pale yellow, and the scales are smooth. People treat the king cobra as a god in India.

King cobra
King cobra

Indian Krait

Indian kraits are covered in smooth glossy scales arranged in bold stripes of alternating black and light-colored areas. Found in most of India, they have the generic name of Bungarus. Kraits contain neurotoxin venom that is 16 times more powerful than cobra venom. It quickly induces muscle paralysis. Victims may die of asphyxiation in a few hours if they do not get proper medical attention. The venom contains mostly pre-synaptic neurotoxin, which affects the ability of nerve endings to release the chemical that sends the message to the next nerve.

Krait
Krait

Russell's Viper

The Russell's Viper or Daboia has a triangular head like other vipers and rattlesnakes. Its head is flat and its snout is blunt, raised, and rounded. Its back has large spots with dark outlines.

The most remarkable thing about this snake is the amount of venom it produces. The symptoms of the bite are pain at the site of the bite, immediately followed by swelling of the affected extremity. The venom affects the blood. Bleeding, especially from the gums, is a common symptom, and the sputum may show signs of blood within 20 minutes of a bite. Blood pressure drops and the heart rate falls.

Russell's viper
Russell's viper

Live King Cobra and Russell's Viper

Live Cobra and Krait Species Caught On a Thailand Farm

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      AbHijeet 18 months ago

      there are 15snakes which can kill people in india ,i am seaching for the list,please provide

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      prashant patil 2 years ago

      I like to handle snake...but I can't do that...but I Wii study now

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      Arshath Afridi(A.A.A) 2 years ago

      IF YOU LOVE SNAKES ,THE NATURE WILL LOVE YOU.

      IF YOU HATE SNAKES, THE NATURE WILL HATE YOU.

      IF YOU KILL SNAKES, THE NATURE WILL KILL YOU.

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      Ashok Tambe 2 years ago

      Indian krait is number one venomous sneke in India.

      It bite always at night

      Do not sleep outside home at night

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      prashant 3 years ago

      I like snakes and I interest in snake life

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      prashant 3 years ago

      I like snakes and I interest in snake life

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      Mangesh Niras india 3 years ago

      I like king kobra & dhaman in india

      They look like danger but butyful

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      mangesh patil 3 years ago

      They are lucky for me

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      Nirmal Parmar 3 years ago

      Snakes are good for human race and the world, as because of them and lord shiv we don't have to drink the poison they drank.

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      Sahil sharma India 3 years ago

      Snakes are the actual beauty of the nature.Their poision is very usefull for making the medicine for the dangerous deseases.

      So, save snakes,save reptiles.

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      manoj jadhav 3 years ago

      i like snake and i like to protect them ,,,in future me goin to do some research work on snake venome

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      dharmesh 3 years ago

      I m doing research on snake bite i like it but very dangours when it angree...... there r lost of death due to snake bite in india n wolrd.

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      gopal lakhani 3 years ago

      New snakes with like him

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      umesh pimpalkar 3 years ago

      I like snakes and most important.... I won't save them..... I m snake feiend..

      I like bring snakes... every types..

      Mujhe snakes pakadna achchha lagta hai... muze unko bachhana hai.... they had a beautiful gift in the nature..

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      sa 3 years ago

      htfkh;kbmhhb

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      Gulshan Rahangdale 3 years ago

      I fear from snakes but i don't kill them.

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      vinod katkar 3 years ago

      i like snakes i love snake

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      saurakar biswas 3 years ago

      I LOVE SNAKE. NATURE LOVES ME. IF YOU KILL SNAKE NATURE WILL HATE YOU.

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      manas 3 years ago

      snakes are saving us . nature is demanding to protect them

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      sham lal sharma 3 years ago

      i love snake

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      OMI G. 4 years ago

      SAVE SNAKE MAKE WORLD

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      OMI G. 4 years ago

      SAVE SNAKE MAKE WORLD

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      tanya 4 years ago

      They r really vry interstng!!!!

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      C.SURAJ 4 years ago

      SNAKE ARE A GOD OF A INDIA.LIKE KING COBRA.IF YOU DON`T DISTRUB THEM THEY WILL NOT ATTACK BUT IF YOU DISTURB THEM THEY WILL ATTACK AND YOU WILL DIE.SO IN THE LAST I WANT TO SAY THAT PLEASE SAVE SNAKE

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      SURAJ CHAVAN 4 years ago

      SNAKES ARE A MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGH IN THE WORLD .PLEASE DON`T KILL THEM

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      Soubhagya Pradhan 4 years ago

      As I am a herpetologist, I found that the study of snakes is becoming neglected day by day.But people around the different spheres should come forward to protect them for the postrity to cherish.

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      shafika shifa 4 years ago

      arabia snake is most dangerous

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      subash 4 years ago

      this god of tamillnadu.it do not disturb any other things

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      Bhushanraj 4 years ago

      I know snake is poisonous reptiles, but this is very shyly animal. so please rescue of snake

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      Vicky Rajguda 4 years ago

      Amazing creature for information about s

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      Binaya Kumar Sarangi 4 years ago

      Amazing creature.A spectacle Cobra run behind me from the top of the hill till I reached at the bottom.All the time I was looking behind & finding him running behind me.I love that creature although my heart bit was at its maximum.

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      PAWAN MATE 4 years ago

      SNAKE A VERY POWER FUL ANIMALS

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      Anjali 4 years ago

      Snakes r animals.so they too have right too live So don't kill them!

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      MisterConsrictor 4 years ago

      I am a snake. We bite humans when they look as if they taste nice. If you wear some cauliflower or cabbage or something else that tastes horrible we definitely wont bite you. But if you wear chocolate or chicken or cheese on your legs, we will want to bite your legs.

      Peace

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      revathi 4 years ago

      save snakes

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      Ravi Chinagunde. 4 years ago

      I am a snake friend i like to save snakes, because they are balanced the food chain.

      Some snake species have become threatened due to land clearing for agriculture, urban development and through the introduction of animals such as domestic pets and the cane toad. Maintaining a high level of biodiversity is important to all life on Earth, including humans, and snakes are an important part of that biodiversity. In Australia, we forget that snakes and other reptiles make up a significant proportion of the middle-order predators that keep our natural ecosystems working. Without them the numbers of prey species would increase to unnatural levels and the predators that eat snakes struggle to find food.

      from- belgaum dist , chikodi.

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      dont know 4 years ago

      faltu

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      meenal 4 years ago

      save snakes...save a part of nature

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      SWEETY 4 years ago

      ITS COOL,IT HELPED ME TO SCORE HIGHEST IN MY CLASS FOR 100 I GOT 94 IN BIO. THANK YOU.

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      carlin 4 years ago

      snake are good to see... i like them....

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      Dimple Verma 4 years ago

      I Like snakes bcoz its very interesting and I like to study about snakes.

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      ananya rastogi 4 years ago

      i learnt so many things.......

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      david 4 years ago

      no one should have a fear of snakes it is un fear for the snakes they get plamed for every dead in the world i love snakes but i have a fear of spitting cobras

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      akash baghel 4 years ago

      nice work

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      CHANDAN SINGH 4 years ago

      SAVE SNAKES & SAVE WORLD

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      shekhar 5 years ago

      S.Dhivyaa for that information and my opinions are similar that what you suggest. To day i catch a Russell's Viper in my office garden. the snake looks so innocent and so beautiful... why i am catching the snakes i don't know, but i felt that i was save a snakes life. skhr05@gmail.com

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      vishalsingh 5 years ago

      I liked your notes Mr.Aniket. . .vishalroadie4@gmail.com

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      Ashish Pal 5 years ago

      Snakes are the oldest animal in the world . This is only because of scare looking . I like to search lots of information about snakes

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      S.dhivyaa 5 years ago

      i love snakes....it's a most beautyfull creation of god!!! people should understand that. My request to people is "don't disturb snake"... don't kill the snakes for any reason...

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      poooooooooooo 5 years ago

      what the hell

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      aryangarg 5 years ago

      very bad

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      anishul 5 years ago

      i love snakes. the are the most beautiful creature i have ever seen. from my child i use to keep watching all the program on snake on t.v. the i started catching them keeping them with me for a while and then leave them. i got a lot of scolding in school for catching them. i use to collect venom from the poisonous one. i don`t know how they find me or i find. one day one of them was just under my pillow.

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      laxmi narayan 5 years ago

      snakes r good but only dead in or around ur home

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      pratyush 5 years ago

      rlyyyyyyy i afraid of snake but i love to watch snake

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      sanjana 5 years ago

      i love snakes very much

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      srikanth 5 years ago

      snakes is identify the mens by sound of the foot.its really true.

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      ravneet singh 5 years ago

      snakes them good and i like y

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      JAYPRAKASH YADAV 5 years ago

      I love snake they are beautiful and nice also they are a part of our food chain. Save snake not kill them.

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      rohit chavan 5 years ago

      i no snake ko kese pakadte hai. but muje experience nahi hai. plz halp me my facebook id :- Rohit Chavan

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      sriram 5 years ago

      i love snakes

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      amit dadhwal 5 years ago

      hi main sneak pakadna janta hu pr pura experience nahi hai plz help me my Facebook id. :- Ami dadhwal

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      fathima khan 5 years ago

      snakes r so dangereous

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      TINA 5 years ago

      SNACKS ARE AWESOME

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      sriram 5 years ago

      snakes are cute little one

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      shraddha 5 years ago

      I love snakes. plz save the snakes.

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      dude 5 years ago

      snakes rock

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      rini singh kuntia 5 years ago

      guys snakes are the mst silent creatures but even cums to their MACABRE form when irritated so to unse thoda dooor rahne ka aur thoda cool bhi rahne ka you won't b HISSSSSSSED!!!!!!!!!!!

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      randoom 5 years ago

      snakes scare us and save us. snake venom is currently used in research for cures for life threatening diseases.and is getting many results, good ones.

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      rajeev 5 years ago

      I have no comments for snakes.................... i can only say they r best.........@#

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      ghjc 5 years ago

      snakes scare me yester day my sister saw a snake

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      santhiya 5 years ago

      I am very interested in snakes because it was very amazed in studying about snakes.

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      Renee Dwarkadas 5 years ago

      Saw a snake,about an inch thick with black and white bands and 2 or 3 yellow orange thin stripes running along its body and lighter yellow orange over the black bands and darker over the grey/white bands, seemed to have a triangular head, was probably young snake. Could you tell me what it was? Can't find it anywhere on the net. I photographed it because unfortunately we killed it out of fear.

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      fre 5 years ago

      i don't like snakes they are very ugly

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      charlotte 5 years ago

      Animals are so cool espically snakes

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      SRK 5 years ago

      other animals are cute but snakes!!!!!!! horrible , terrible and dangerous. and poisonous or venomous snakes more.but i love them but learning about them interesting even they are interesting. and i love them!!!

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      Vishal 5 years ago

      The animals are lovable ones. In that case the cobra snakes as its variety but the snakes are good friends only if we not disturb them they do not bite us .

      We will love the snakes

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      fadiya 5 years ago

      it is very interting to study about snakes..

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      Surya 5 years ago

      God has created Man has to be the destroyer

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      chandan 5 years ago

      i loved them

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      snakecharmer 5 years ago

      which of these are seen in the day and can be captured more easily than others ?

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      sudhakar 5 years ago

      dangerous and venomous but least than a collage girl.

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      teena 5 years ago

      ithink most beautiful animals in the world & very friendly to us.

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      akhil gupta 5 years ago

      I LoVe SnAkEs

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      front 5 years ago

      I love snakes!!!!!!!!! :-)

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      Aamir Khan 5 years ago

      snakes are very dangerous.......but I never fear of it...

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      NIRAJ ARYA 5 years ago

      I LUV SNAKES

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      r.v 5 years ago

      i love/hate snakes i have never seen them but heard of them they are very dangerous

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      nikitisha 5 years ago

      i lv snakes....

      all r beautiful...

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      visveswaran 5 years ago

      i love snakes

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      bhavani yadav 5 years ago

      i like snake.plz don't kill them

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      sagam 5 years ago

      russell,s viper super

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      srinivas 5 years ago

      i love snakes bcoz its very interesting

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      samit dutta(w.B) 5 years ago

      I hate snake.

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      harrj 5 years ago

      the king cobra is very giant

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      Chitravel 5 years ago

      I love kinggobra

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      aditya 5 years ago

      i like snake

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      Ricky 5 years ago

      today night i saw a snake child in the street i ring the housing bell all people collect..to see the snake child ,it was around 1 meetr a long..we didn't knw that was poisnr or not ,gud nws was it dt nobody was talking to kill them except one person ..in last we were able to catch that and leave him at safe old place i am happy bec that is safe and alive ....

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      Tanumoy Pal 5 years ago

      We have to protect snakes for ourselves,because they are balanced the food chain............

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      rohit pusad 5 years ago

      i like snke because they are frinds of farmer

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      donald 5 years ago

      i like snake .becoz snakes have a more ciriminal mind ano how to catch the rat or whatever.so i like more know about the snakes.