10 Most Beautiful Snakes of Karnataka Rainforest

The Agumbe Rainforest in Karnataka is the hidden gem of Western Ghats and home to endangered trees, plant and has a rich diversity of flora and fauna. The place receives some of the heaviest rainfall in South India and hence known as The Cherrapunji of the South also famous as best place for wildlife photography in India.

The Western Ghats of India is the Hottest biodiversity hotspots and best places to spot Malabar Pit Viper, Hump Nosed Pit Viper, Travancore Wolf Snake and the most endangered and longest venomous King Cobra.

Green Vine Snake (Ahaetulla nasuta)


Green vine snake is a arboreal colubrid species of snake, mildly venomous and a slender body snake. The reptile feeds on frogs and lizards, relying on camouflaging to hunt.

Malabar Pit Viper (Trimeresurus malabaricus)


Malabar Pit Viper is endemic to Western Ghats of India, available in many different colour morphs and pattern. The species mostly encountered during the monsoon season and one of the venomous pit viper species found in India.

Hump Nosed Pit Viper (Hypnale hypnale)


The Hump Nosed Pit Viper is famous for its camouflage and second most common pit viper species, found in Western Ghats of Karnataka.

Horseshoe Pit Viper (Trimeresurus strigatus)

Horseshoe Pit Viper is the rare species of venomous pitviper, found in the Western Ghats and Nilgiris hills. The small snake is endemic to the rainforest of Southern India and montane hills of Western ghats.

Bamboo Pit Viper (Trimeresurus gramineus)


Bamboo Pit Viper also known as Indian green pit viper, found only in Western Ghats of Southern India. The species mostly found in bamboo groves in Sahyadris mountains of Maharashtra.

Large Scaled Pit Viper (Trimeresurus macrolepis)

Large Scaled Pit Viper is a venomous species of pit viper, endemic to the mountains of Western Ghats in Karnataka and Kerala. This species is also found in tea and coffee plantations of South India, including Munnar and Nilgiri.

King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah)


The king cobra is the most beautiful and longest venomous snake, endemic to forest from South India especially in Agumbe region of Karnataka and Kerala.

Golden Tree Snake (Chrysopelea ornata)

Golden Tree Snake is the only species of snake found in India that is capable of gliding or flight. Chrysopelea ornata is usually green in color with gold and red pattern.

Large Eyed Bronzeback (southern bronzeback)

Dendrelaphis grandoculis snake is endemic to the Western Ghats of India, the rainforest of Agumbe in karnataka is the unique place to see list of venomous snakes in South India.

Checkered Keelback

Checkered Keelback is the most common species of nonvenomous snake found in India, found in the water or near freshwater lakes or rivers.  Buff striped keelback is another nonaggressive and nonvenomous snake available in two distinct colour varieties.

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