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Banded Racer

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Banded Racer is an uncommonly seen snake in most of the peninsular India. It mainly lives in drier areas around city outskirts and agricultural fiels. Adults of Banded Racer looks very close to Spectacled Cobra (Naja naja) due to reddish-brown color and almost similar scales even on closer look. In most of the stages of its life it can be identified easily by checking presence of white bands mainly on anterior half of body.

Checkered Keelback

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Checkered Keelback is the most commonly found sake across India. Often called as water snake in many regional languages as it is found near fresh water bodies, marshes and agricultural fields. The snake has keels scales and rounded pupil. The coloration vary from region to region with a Checkered pattern all over the body. The overall body color vary from green to dark brown. A good swimmer and very aggressive when threatened.

Common Cat Snake

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Common Cat is the most widely distributed Boiga species of Indian subcontinent. This species can be found in almost all kind of forests and wide range of elevations. Can be identified by checking triangular head broader than neck, Y shaped light color mark on the top of head, verticle pupil, brown dorsal marked with black & white irregular markings.

Forsten's Cat Snake

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Forsten's Cat is the largest Boiga species found uncommonly in almost all kind of forests of peninsular India. It is known for wide variations in color and patterns. Usually identified by checking larger size than any other Boiga species found in its range, patternless head and light color cross bars in zig-zag manner.

Bronze-backed Tree Snake

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Common Bronzeback is the most widespread Dendrelaphis species of India which is the only species of genus in most of the parts of Indian mainland. It can be easily identified by checking a rounded whitish spot on the top of head, very thin body which shows sky blue dots on dorsal surface and most of the side dorsal & belly of yellowish-white color.

Common Kukri

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Common Kukri is the most widely distributed Kukri Snake (genus Oligodon) found in wide range of forests and lands. Can be identified easily by checking brown dorsal, blackish bands and black arrow shaped markings on head. This is one of the most common semi-fossorial snake found in whole of Indian mainland except North-east states.

Common Trinket

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A narrow headed slender snake with a beautiful colouration. Its light brown body is often adorned with white and dark brown spots. Its head is greenish brown with black markings. However the true purpose of this colouration is camoufladge.

Common Krait

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Common Krait is an infamous venomous snake capable for delivering neurotoxic bite during night time. This is one of the most common medically significant snake also the member of Big Four" of India. Morphologically it is identified by glossy blue-black body with fine milky white bands. For precise identification sometimes it is necessary to check presence of Hexagonal scales along vertebra and prominence of bands on tail side while absence of neck region."

Red Sand Boa

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Red Sand Boa is a widely distributed Boa found in Indian subcontinent. Among layman it is famous as Two-headed Snake" due to presence of very thick tail having rounded end. It can be easily identified by checking brown to blackish slender body having uniform thickness and small head. This is one of the most commonly used snake in snake charming work."

Saw-scaled Viper

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Saw-scaled Viper is the only Echis species found in India and member of famous Big Four. This is also the smallest Viperidae member with an average size of 30cm only. Indian Saw Scaled Viper's population ends eastwards in Odisha and West Bengal states with eastern-most boundary of the genus Echis. It can be identified by carefully checking very dry looking body covered with rough scales, light color rounded patches on top which are surrounded by two wavy lines from head to posterior body. In deserts and semi-deserts of India this is perhaps the most common venomous snake and so the most important medically significant reptile for deserts and semi-deserts.

Spectacled Cobra

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A Naja naja can be easily identified by the presnce of hood and the sepectle mark on the back of the hood. The hood is spread only when the snake is aggitated, and in some specimens the hood marks are absent too. Body slender with smooth oval shaped scales. Dorsal color includes yellow, all shades of brown, grey, reddish, black or black mixed with blue, purple, red etc. Side dorsal scales are larger and clearly oval shaped while scales on the top are narrow and become pointed. Color greatly depends on geographical region. Maharashtra, whole South India, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, West Bengal etc. coastal states population bear color range of yellow and brown. Sometimes dark color obtuse bands are also found on posterior body. While Central, northern & Western India population is known for dark brown or black color.

Indian Rock Python

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Indian Rock Python is one of the most famous and one of the largest growing snake of India. In most of the parts of country this is the largest species (excluding North-east where Burmese Python is found in pleace of Indian Rock Python). Most of the times it can be easily identified by checking its large size, dark irregular patches, pinkish head and slow locomotion.

Common Wolf Snake

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A medium size snake having brown body and yellowish bands. This is one of the most common species found in and around human habitation including exclusive urban areas. Also this is the most widely distributed Lycodon species in Indian subcontinent. Due to bands on its dark color body layman often gets confused with Common Krait and try to threat it. At heights inside houses it can be seen occasionally while feeding on geckos.

Common Vine Snake

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Green Vine Snake (Common Vine Snake) is the most widely distributed Ahaetulla species in India also the only species of genus in most of the parts of peninsular and northern India. One of the most common and ecologically significant species of Western Ghats. It can be identified easily by checking very thin & long body including tail, green dorsal, leaf or arrow like head with very pointed snout.

Montane Trinket

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A narrow headed slender snake with a beautiful colouration. Its light brown body is often adorned with black and white transverse stripes. Its head is greenish brown with black markings. However the true purpose of this colouration is camoufladge.