Cobras – India
There are a lot of types of snakes in India, and the most dangerous among them is a cobra. In 2007 alone there were 3646 deaths from snake bites. Only about 10% of the victims survive after treatment in the hospital. That’s why there is a need to take care when you walk outside: don’t disturb the ground, especially when you walk on the road.
The most dangerous of all cobras is Naja naja, a large one that can reach 1.5 m long and its venom is highly poisonous. The bite from this snake causes instant death to human beings, however, its poison is used for making antidotes against other snakes’ venoms. There are about 10 thousand people who die from snake bites each year in India alone.
One more thing that makes India an extremely dangerous place for walking outside is that many snakes have adapted to living in cities where – they live under piles of trash or house foundations and thus many people accidentally step on them or even sit on them while thinking they’re nothing but another piece of trash. A bite from such a snake can be fatal. In fact, many of the victims are those who have died because they refused to go into the hospital and instead tried to treat it at home by washing it out with water or rubbing some ash on it.
This snake is the most dangerous and vivid of all. At first sight, it’s not so easy to notice it, but the moment you come close it starts hissing with its red tongue sticking out. The bite from this snake is extremely painful. It has a very strong venom which can lead to death even if the victim receives medical help. If left untreated, the bite may result in amputation of toes or fingers, kidney failure, and renal shutdown. Though there are some antivenoms available in Pakistan, they aren’t always effective against all types of venom caused by these snakes – that’s why more than 100 people die from them every year.
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