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Russell's viper

Daboia russelii

Description:

saw this one hunting while on a snake walk with irula tribemen(one of them is kalli who has appeared in national geographic channel programs) near the villages in east coast road Chennai .these irula collect wild venomous snakes for Irula Snake Catchers’ Industrial Cooperative Society snake-catchers’ cooperative does more than amuse or educate tourists. Venom is scientifically extracted from snakes, processed into powder and sent to make serum which can counter post snake bite effects. snakes are released back into wild in presence of a forest ranger

Notes:

Russell's viper has yet to be assessed by the IUCN. Snakes are protected by law and culture in India

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Tamil Nadu, India

Spotted on Mar 10, 2014
Submitted on Mar 10, 2014

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