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The Most Dangerous Venomous Snakes: Asia

Saw-Scaled Viper

  • Scientific name: Echis carinatus
  • Family: Vipers
  • Genus: Echis
  • Length: Up to 31.5 inch (80 cm)
  • Venom: Hemotoxic

The saw-scaled viper is responsible for more deaths than all other venomous snakes in Asia put together. At just 31.5 inch (80 cm) long, it might look harmless but it has a highly effective venom and long tubular teeth. It plunges these - for no particular reason - into its victim over and over. It’s five times more venomous than a cobra and 16 times more venomous than a Russel’s viper. The saw-scaled viper owes its name to its scales, which make an unmistakable noise when it feels threatened.

Saw-Scaled Viper Saw-Scaled Viper - Photo: Kristian Bell/Shutterstock


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