Russel-2

Photo Credits: Ranjan Bankhele

Did You Know?

Adults are slow and sluggish unless pushed beyond certain limits then can become very aggressive.

 

Scientific Name: Daboia

 

Description:

One of the member of big four snakes from India.

Russell’s is also found in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, China, Taiwan and Indonesia.

The species was named after a great snake observer Patrik Russel who observed many snake species from India.

Can grow up to max. 5.5 ft averaging about 4 ft.

Gives birth to around 20-40 off springs during June-July.

The factors for causing most snake bite incidents in India are

  1. Aggressive Demeanor
  2. Wide distribution
  3. Frequent occurrence in highly populated areas.

 

Food and Habitat:

It feeds on rats, mice, squirrels, lizards, crabs and other arthropods.

The snake is mostly found in open, grassy or bushy areas, but may also be found in scrub jungles, on forested plantations and farmland.

 

Venom Range:  Reported venom yields for adult specimens range from 130–250 mg to 150–250 mg to 21–268 mg.