Which are the most poisonous snakes in India?


Which are the most poisonous snakes in India? Are you afraid of snakes? Do you live in a place where you don’t have snakes at all? Then, you are lucky. As for me I live in a place where there aren’t snakes at all, and I consider myself very lucky because I am extremely afraid of snakes. In India there are 270 snake species and 60 of them are venomous. Insider Monkey recently published an article in which we can find lots of interesting facts about his topic. According to reports there are about 94,000 deaths that were caused by snakes in the world. In India this number is 11,000. People usually meat snakes when they work in the fields and many times the snakes attack because of they are frightened. The responsible ones of the most deaths are the “Big Four” in India: saw-skaled viper, Indian cobra, Indian krait and Russel’s viper.

In order to get the right answer, Insider Monkey has collected and compared tha data on the toxicity of snake venom, and has consulted sites, such as Snakedatabase and UntamedScience. As the referential value Insider Monkey used LD50 values that were injected intravenously, because LD50 values differ from the part of the body and different tissues treated by venom, like intramuscular injection, intraperitoneal injection (when being injected in the abdomen) or subcutaneous injection (injection under the skin). As tropical waters of Indian Ocean surround India, this climate and waters are very favorable for aquatic snakes as well.

We have picked three snakes from the list: banded sea krait, yellow-lipped sea krait; Indian cobra; and viperine sea snake. Banded sea krait: LD50:0.4, it is an aquatic snake on the eastern coast, and it is very common. It lives coastal plains, mangroves, coral reefs, and shallow waters, what’s more sometimes on the land. They are vividly colored with blue grayish base color and thin black bands across the whole body. The next one Indian cobra: LD50:0.35, it is a member of the “Big Four” in India. Its bite is very dangerous. And at last but not least we mention viperine sea snake with LD50:0.35. It can be found in waters of southern Asia, and sometimes in fresh water as well. It is usually lightly colored, being gray on the dorsal (back) side and lighter on the ventral side (belly).
It is really worth reading Insider Monkey’s article about the most poisonous snakes in India.