Top 6 Most Venomous Snakes in India

The Dense and dark forest of India offers best habitat for the reptiles, The jungle offers a wide range of area for snakes to go giant with abundant prey. There are four best snake park in India,where all these species of snakes along with other reptiles can be spotted, Please follow the link to know more about rattle snakes and Mamba snakes.

Indian Cobra, Spectacled Cobra – (Naja naja)


The Indian cobra, known as “Nag” is one of the species of highly venomous snake found throughout India. 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 – (Bungarus caeruleus)


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.

Russell’s Viper, Daboia – (Daboia russelii)


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.

Saw Scaled Viper – (Echis carinatus)


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 King Cobra – (Ophiophagus hannah)


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.

Malabar Pit Viper – (Trimeresurus malabaricus)


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.

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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