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Marmalade Guides: Deadly snakes of Sri Lanka: Russell's Viper

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Published on May 10, 2012

Marmalade Guides - the inside track on Sri Lanka.

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Marmalade Guides: Deadly Snakes of Sri Lanka: Russell's Viper.

Every year, some 40,000 snake bites occur on Sri Lanka. So it helps to be able to tell which snakes are venomous. This is a short look at one of the most deadly snakes in Sri Lanka: Russell's Viper. A bite from this snake can kill in 9 - 10 hours. One of the major problems in Sri Lanka is a lack of infrastructure to be able to deal with these bites. Nearly all of the anti-venom comes from India, where there are different sub-species of snake. According to those in the know there are 96 species of snakes in Sri Lanka. The annual death rate due to snakebite envenoming is one of the highest in the world being 6 in 100,000 population.

Important factors which contribute to this high incidence of snakebite morbidity and mortality are: the presence of representatives of all the known snake families which contain venomous species (Colubridae, Elapidae, Hydrophiidae and Viperidae), the favorable climates and habitats, the socio-economic condition of the people, the preference of some victims for seeking traditional treatment for snakebite instead of western management (antivenom), clearing and alterations to the natural vegetation and habitats by people for settlements, agriculture and plantations.


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