Daboia russelii Russell’s Viper
Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri LankaAugust 14, 2019
Russell’s Viper (Daboia russelii)
This attractively patterned viper has a well-deserved bad reputation for biting people, many of whom do not survive. This is partly because the snake is plentiful in rural areas where quickly getting to a hospital for antivenom treatment is usually not an option, and partly because the venom is indeed very strong. Don't mess with Russell's Vipers.
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