Close-up of saw-scale viper

Saw-scaled viper

The saw-scaled viper is highly venomous and listed as one of south Asia's most dangerous snakes. It is quite a common snake, lives in proximity to people and is quick to bite when it feels threatened. These vipers are mostly nocturnal and sometimes bury themselves in sand. Saw-scaled vipers give birth to live young and those that live in colder climates hibernate in winter.

Scientific name: Echis carinatus

Rank: Species

Common names:

  • Little Indian viper,
  • Carpet viper,
  • Indian saw-scaled viper

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The Saw-scaled viper can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, Indian subcontinent. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web