Big Four (Indian snakes)

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These are the four venomous snake species responsible for causing the most snake bite cases in South Asia (mostly in India). They are referred to as the big four.

Snakes[edit]

The Big Four:[1]

  1. Indian Cobra, Naja naja (Tamil: நாக ராஜா)
  2. Common krait, Bungarus caeruleus
  3. Russell's viper, Daboia russelii.
  4. Saw-scaled viper, Echis carinatus.

Treatment[edit]

A polyvalent serum that effectively neutralizes the venom of all of the Big Four snakes is widely available in India and is frequently used to save lives.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitaker Z. 1990. Snakeman. Penguin Books Ltd. 192 pp. ISBN 0-14-014308-4.