Snakes are amazing creatures. We are curious to see them and equally, fear them due to ignorance. Among the 300 species of snakes in India, around 20 species are found in Ahmedabad. Out of these 20, four varieties, Indian cobra, common krait, Russell’s viper and saw-scaled viper are venomous.

Snakes are effective controllers of rats, which causes damages to around 20 to 25% of our agricultural products. An estimate says that a pair of rat can become 900 rats in a year. All the young ones they produce survive. Apart from this anthropocentric reason, snakes do have the right to live on this earth. As we survive with them since our origin, knowing facts about snakes and few precautions help us to live in harmony with these interesting creatures.


If you feel a snake or any other reptile needs to be rescued and relocated from a residential are or any such premises, please call the helpline number (Ahmedabad) 7600009845. If any accident of snakebite, call 108 Ambulance service to reach a hospital, where the snake antivenin is available. Some snakes that are found in Ahmedabad are;

1. Spectacled Cobra

Cobra is one of the most venomous snakes that are found in Ahmedabad. Spreading hood with raised forebody is an easy character to identify this species.

Location: Ahmedabad
Date: 25th March 2012

Sivakumar Swaminathan


2. Common Krait

This night-active snake is deep blue or blackish with thin white bands on the body. Mainly they feed on other snakes.

Location: Ahmedabad
Date: 9th January 2015

Sivakumar Swaminathan


3. Russell’s Viper

Among the Indian snakes, this species has got the largest fang (teeth that deliver venom). The fangs of viper are kept folded and it erects when the snake opens its mouth.

Location: Ahmedabad
Date: 25th March 2012

Sivakumar Swaminathan


4. Saw-scaled Viper

Smallest among these four venomous snakes (about a foot long). Coils its body when disturbed and produces rasping sound by rubbing body scales.

Location: Ahmedabad
Date: 1st July 2012

Sivakumar Swaminathan


5. Indian Rat Snake

One of the most commonly seen snakes. It grows very long. Movement is very fast and often seen on vegetation. In first sight, people think this as cobra due to structural similarities

Location: Ahmedabad
Date: 17th August 2012

Sivakumar Swaminathan


6. Common Sand Boa

It looks like a baby python. Grows about 2 feet long. This is ovoviviparous (they don’t lay eggs, but the hatching process happens in the body and gives birth to the young snakes) snake similar to other boas and vipers.

Location: Ahmedabad
Date: 10th June 2015

Sivakumar Swaminathan


7. Red Sand Boa

Nature has given them the blending head like a tail to confuse their enemies to escape. This confuses us also to think that these snakes have heads at both ends.

Location: Ahmedabad
Date: 25th March 2012

Sivakumar Swaminathan


8. Trinket Snake

This beautiful snake loves rats and mice. When excited, coils forebody into a series of near vertical S-shaped loops and opens mouth.

Location: Ahmedabad
Date: 25th March 2012

Sivakumar Swaminathan


9. Indian Rock Python

One of the heaviest snakes of India that grows an average length of around 15 feet. They have special heat-sensing pits on their upper lip to sense the presence of their prey.

Location: Ahmedabad
Date: 22nd May 2014

Sivakumar Swaminathan


10. Common Wolf Snake

This small, non-venomous snake evolved look-alike of common kraits to fool their enemies. They climb vertical rough walls and eat lizards.

Location: Ahmedabad
Date: 5th April 2012

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11. Banded Racer

Adults look entirely different by having a uniform chestnut-brown body with no markings. They move very fast and prefer rats and mice to eat.

Location: Ahmedabad
Date: 23rd July 2012

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12. Banded Racer

Adult.

Location: Ahmedabad
Date: 11th March 2013

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13. Glossy-bellied Racer

These slender, fast-moving snakes are found in sandy regions of Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Location: Ahmedabad
Date: 13th September 2016

Sivakumar Swaminathan


14. Leith’s Sand Snake

This thin long snake’s colour exactly matches with the sandy tracks of where it lives.

Location: Ahmedabad
Date: 14th May 2014

Sivakumar Swaminathan


15. Striped Keelback

This grows about two feet long. When excited, puff the forebody and shows marking and patterns found between body scales. Heard that once very common and became rare now, probably due to a reduction in the food source (frogs).

Location: Ahmedabad
Date: 12th August 2015

Sivakumar Swaminathan


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