Perfectly suited for reptiles, the lush, dense forests of India are an ideal habitat for giant snakes and their abundant prey. Among the more than 270 species of snakes found around the country, there are about 60 that are highly venomous. As India celebrates the festival of Nag Panchami, we give you a quick peek into the most interesting facts about the exciting world of dangerous snakes.
Indian cobra, krait, Russell’s viper, saw-scaled viper and more, take a look!
Found in the Western Ghats & West Bengal’s wet regions, the cobra is one of the most venomous snakes.
Sly & dangerous, pythons are found in central, western and southeastern regions of India, especially underwater
3. Russel’s Viper
One of the deadliest snakes in India, the Russel’s Viper is a common sight along the Coromandel Coast
4. Saw-Scaled Viper
The easily missable, but very aggressive saw-scaled viper can be found all across the Indian Subcontinent
Found in the northeast and in South India’s jungles, the krait is the cause of most snakebites in India
6. Brahminy Worm Snake
Don’t be fooled by its size, the Brahminy worm snake slithers across India, and can even be found at a height of 1,515m
6. Common Sand Boa
Found in the agricultural lands of North India and the Western Ghats, the common sand boa is a delicacy for some folks in India.
7. Green Keelback
Found all across the Indian peninsula, the green keelback is very similar to the mighty cobra
8. Rat Snake
Rat snakes are commonly found in forests, scrub lands, semi-deserts, grasslands, mangroves and wetlands
9. Black-Headed Royal Snake
An elegant sight, the black-headed royal snake is found in the deserts and semi deserts north-west India
10. Ornate Flying Snake
Found in the Western Ghats, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha and West Bengal, the ornate flying snake is a beautiful, yet scary sight
11. Dog-Faced Water Snake
The dog-faceed water snake is found in mangroves and mudflats all across the coast, and also in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
12. Vine Snake
Found all over India, including in the northeastern states, the vine snake is mostly harmless
Intrigued about the charming and exotic reptiles you might come across in India? Choose to visit the best snake parks here and marvel at the beautiful reptile species.