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Saw-scaled Viper

Echis carinatus

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.

Carpet Viper

Regional Names
  • Hindi:
    अफई
  • Malayalam:
    ചുരുട്ടമണ്ഡലി
  • Marathi:
    फुरसे, कांडर (वर्धा), रक्ती कांबळ्या (उत्तर कोकण), आग्या फुरसे (तळ कोकण), रक्ती परड (विदर्भ)
  • Tamil:
    சுருட்டைவிரியன்
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Taxanomy

SQUAMATA
VIPERIDAE
Echis carinatus

Venom Status

Venomous

Saw-scaled Viper

Range Map

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