Russel’s viper (Daboia russelii)

This is the third amongst the big four venomous snakes in India. The first two being the spectacled cobra and the saw-scaled viper. The Russel’s viper is found all over the Indian sub-continent. They are mainly found in agriculture fields as there is an abundance of rats to be found.
The few places they are not found in are the deserts of Rajasthan and the north eastern states of India. They can be easily identified by their triangular head and large teardrop forms in black or brown all over their body. Due to their being quite large they get mistaken as pythons regularly. Most vipers have hinged fangs that fold into their mouths when not in use. These snakes give birth to live young and do not lay eggs. They give birth to around 60-67 young at a time. They rely on their sight and smell to find prey.

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