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Saw-scaled Viper

Echis carinatus sochureki


One of the fastest striking snakes, Saw-scaled Viper is a nocturnal species and can be often seen during the day time while basking. It is the only species of side-winding snakes in India. Rightly named after it's unique behaviour of coiling and mutually rubbing its scales on the flank that produce the sound of 'working of a saw' when threatened.


The diversified habitat of the Great Indian Thar Desert comprises of vast stretches of sand in the desert that are interspersed by rocky hillocks, scrubs, sandy and gravel plains. The natural vegetation in this arid region is considered a thorn scrub forest occurring in small clumps scattered more or less openly. These clumps are great sources of food and shelter for Saw-scaled Viper.

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Vipul Ramanuj
Spotted by
Vipul Ramanuj

Rajasthan, India

Lat: 26.89, Long: 70.40

Spotted on Sep 6, 2014
Submitted on Oct 9, 2015

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