The 6 Most Venomous Snakes in India

The Dense and dark forest of India are best habitat for the reptiles,these forest offers a wide range of area for giant snakes and abundant prey. There are 270 species of snakes in India, out of which about 60 are highly venomous. The big four dangerous snakes of India includes Indian Cobra, Krait,Russell’s viper and Saw-scaled viper. Every year 20,000 people die due to venomous snake bites in India.Other facts about snakes of India are, The famous species, the king cobra is the most poisonous Snakes in India and krait is the most deadly and dangerous snake of India. The Indian python is highly arboreal snake and the largest species of snake, commonly found throughout the jungles of India. Rat snake local known as dhamana is a commonly found and non-venomous snake in India, It is one of the fastest snake. There are four best snake park in India,where all these species of snakes along with other reptiles can be spotted.

Difference Between Poisonous and Non Poisonous Snakes

Indian Cobra, Spectacled Cobra


The Indian cobra, known as “Nag” is one of the species of highly venomous snake found throughout India. Indian cobras are found in many habitats but generally prefer open forest edges, fields, and the areas around villages, The Naja Naja feeds on rodents, lizards, and frogs.


Indian cobra”The Holy Snake” is associated with the lingam the emblem of Lord Shiva and during ‘Naag-Panchami‘ festival people worship the cobra snake like any other god.

Indian Krait, Common Krait


Krait venom is extremely neurotoxic and induces muscle paralysis,its bite is lethal to man. There are 12 Species and 5 sub-species of Krait Snakes, Some of them are the common krait, banded krait and Indian Krait.


The Bungarus,commonly referred as Kraits is most dangerous venomous snake of India and one of the deadliest snakes of the world. The maximum deaths of common krait per bite is 60, It can be seen in the deep jungles of India.

Russell’s Viper, Daboia


The Russell’s viper local name Koriwala or Daboia , is one of the most venomous snakes in all of India. After the Krait,Russell’s viper is another Big Killer snake in India, accounting for thousands of deaths each year.


It is the smallest of the Big Four most dangerous snakes of India,with an average length of 4 ft. The dark brown, or brownish-gray deadly snake feeds on Rodents, lizards & small birds.

Saw Scaled Viper


It is a rough scaled snake with large eyes, wider head than neck and stocky body, habitat in sand, rock, soft soil and in scrub lands. It feeds lizards, frogs and a variety of arthropods, such as scorpions, centipedes and large insects.


The Indian saw-scaled viper is a small viper from one of the eight species of small viper venomous snakes family. The saw scaled viper is famous for being one of the most dangerous snakes anywhere it is found.

The King Cobra


The Great King Cobra is the biggest snake in India,with an average length of 13-15 ft. The unique King cobras can reach upto 18 feet (5.5 meters) in length, making them the world’s longest venomous snake. The fierce and agile King cobra habitat rainforest,humid jungle,Thick undergrowth, cool swamps and bamboo clusters forested areas.


The largest and powerful snakes physical feature is olive-green, tan, or black with faint, it has pale yellow cross bands down the length of the body. Kerala “the god’s own country” is the home for this beautiful King cobra, along with other reptiles, such as king cobra, viper, python, various turtles and crocodiles.

Indian Pit Vipers


The Indian Green Pit Viper is also known as bamboo snake or tree viper, it is one of the most common of the Pit Vipers family, mainly live on arboreal, living in vines, bushes and bamboos. There is a group of snakes that are known as Pit Vipers, Not only are these snakes venomous they also have a very cool heat sensing system.


The green snake feed frogs,lizards and insects, it grows to a length of 2.5 feet. Another species of pit viper is Malabar pit viper, highly venomous snake found mostly at western ghat of India. Other venomous snakes of India from viper species includes bamboo pit viper,Malabar pit viper,Hump-nosed pit viper and green tree viper. Pit Viper Snakes Found in India.

Sea Snakes and Coral Snakes of India


The banded sea krait also called as yellow lipped sea krait is one of the highly venomous sea snake found in India. All sea snakes or coral reef snakes are good swimmers and has a venom more potent than any other land snake species found in the Indian Subcontinent.

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    • Gyan

      Could any body tell me which is the more venom snake between cobra, Krait

      • Krait.

        • krishna prashanth

          As per LD 50 (lethal dosage in mg that would kill 50 % of mice envenomated within 24 hours ), the venom of Indian krait is 8.0 – 20.0 mg whereas the venomof King cobra (though the exact kind of cobra has not been mentioned by Gyan) is 350 – 500 mg LD 50. Perhaps, the venom of Indian spectacled cobra (LD 50 data insufficient) seems relatively less than Indian Krait.

      • mr.perfect

        cobra is more with poison but u can get antidote for it nd chances are ull servive but krait kill more cos of lack of antidote..

      • Aadil Azad

        Actually working of poison is based upon amount of poison nd conc.of poison . ex. if 1ml krait poison kills 6 peoples but king cobra 2 ml poison kills 6 peoples . Here krait poision is more dangerous

  • naveen

    I really like this.. I love snake and there is lot to know abt snake.. Thnx..

  • naveen

    My dream is to work in forest for snake… or Any other species.. Pls pls pls let me knw for that…

    • saurabh sharma

      red sand boa

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    • Hiranya Riju

      Gowri Shankar can help you him..and if you are lucky you can get a chance to learn and work with snakes

    • Hira lal

      i also lyk snakes soooooooooo muchhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

      • jeya pradeep

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    • jeya pradeep

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  • chanchal

    I really like this information it is
    very useful

  • mannan mia

    I love snakess from my Childhood..i really want to works with snake..plzz help me fndsss

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  • IntellectualGirl

    20cm is not 4ft, guys! Please correct the mistake and if possible improve your math!
    To make it easier, the mistake’s in the Russell’s viper section. Apart from that, this is pretty informative.
    If I ignore the mistake, it is really good and worth reading.

    • Thanks, will update.

    • mr.perfect

      if u think russells vipers are 20 cm in lenght then make sure u google first. i bet uve never seen an actual russells viper or u would not make such big mistake dear intellectual girl!! u tnk u know abt snakes…. lol

  • nany mahey

    can u pls tell me the name of this snake…… pls pls pls pls pls.. 🙁

    • Narendra Mhatre

      Never seen anything like this before

      • Sorry, but i have not seen this snake.

        • Narendra Mhatre

          It’s a worm snake with tiny eyes and very soft scales

    • Rahul

      Its not a snake

    • Priya John

      It’s a hammerhead worm

    • tehseen

      it is a worm but it has venom

    • Anbarasan Karunanithi

      If u know the name pls write as, this type of species in my area.

      • Hi Anbarasan,
        These are blind worm snakes.

      • Aadil Azad

        All snake found in sea called sea snake nd they r poisonous

  • Santosh Singh

    Can anyone tell, which snake is this….?

  • Santosh Singh

    Can anyone tell, which snake is this………..?

    • rks

      wolf snake …. its non vemonious

  • Sat yam

    Green vine snake (Ahaetulla nasuta) Caught in Action

    • S Samanta

      Tree Snake

  • Praveen Ranjan

    Can you tell me the name of this snake

  • Ujwal Sandeep

    What are the types of cobras present in south India?

    • S Samanta

      Indian cobra Naja naja

  • Arnav Gupta

    name of this snake please….

    • Picture is not clear but by looking its stripe, Its seems to be Krait snake.

    • saurabh sharma

      maybe its a multibanded krait and its too dangerous so stay away

  • DevRoy

    Baby Russell’s Viper


    Can some plz tell what this snake is

  • jeya pradeep

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    • Nalin Patel

      Called your number get msg this number nonexistent. Please call 9867015215 / mail Look forward. I have a farm on mountain top adjacent to a forest. My farmhouse is a stand alone house. The nearest habitation is 2Km away.

  • Raj

    Which snake is this? If poisonous, how to catch and kill it?

    • Hi Raj,
      It may be a Rat Snake or a Poisonous snake not sure but requesting you to please not to kill snake.

    • Rahul Tiwari Maharaj

      Rat snake.non venoms

  • Jobby Mathew

    Can any one tell me what snake in this picture. I already have seen 3 of them around my house.Is it poisonous?

    • Hi Its looks like a Kukri or Racer snake, not sure but it may be mildly venomous.

    • Deb Mukh

      nope…It’s not..Checkered keelback

  • Vikas Singh

    Is this a snake

  • Vikas Singh
  • Vikas Singh

    Some one plz tell me its name msg me on Facebook

  • Sourav Ghosh

    Wow beautiful snake’s

  • Shantanu Bandyopadhyay
  • Anu Manki

    Please tell me the name of this snake

  • Anu Manki
  • jitender Singh

    Can any one tell me what snake in this picture. I already have seen many times of them around my house.Is it poisonous?

  • jitender Singh

    Can any one tell me the name of this snake

  • jitender Singh