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  • Writer's pictureSamarth Anand

Do you Know your Snakes?

Species of snakes which you may not know about...

Do not be afraid of snakes, 70% of snakes can’t kill and if you do get bitten by a venomous ones, the snake might not inject venom into the victim. There are many species of snakes in India. These are the ones to be afraid of - Russell’s Viper, Saw Scaled Viper and the Spectacled Cobra. They all have antivenom cures available. The Russell’s Viper gives a big hiss to scare you off. The Saw Scaled Viper gives a saw noise and the Speculated Cobra gives a fake bite by slapping the bottom of its chin on you.

Spitting Cobra

There are many species of snakes. Here are the one which I find most interesting. Inland Taipan is the most venomous snake in the world, it is believed that it has enough venom to kill 100 full grown adults. Fortunately, there is an antivenom available for this species. Second on my list of the most interesting snakes, is the Spitting Cobra. It lives in India and it aims for the eyes when it spits out the venom. The venom can cause temporary blindness but cannot kill. Third on my list is the Black Mamba. It lives in the northern regions of southern Africa. The reason why this snake is so unique is because it has a black tongue and a fully black mouth and it is the second most venoms snake on the planet after the Inland Taipan.

What to do if you get bitten by a Snake?

Do not harm any snake even if it bites you. They play a very important role in our fragile eco-system. Do not go to any baba to take care of a snake wound. Wash the wound with water and do not tie it up, this will make the venom rush through your body once the tie is removed. Do not use the chicken bum method, it will infect the wound and infect you with a disease which will make it even worse. The last thing is to stay calm. If there is a snake do not hold it by the neck as this will break its organs and kill it.

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