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Echis carinatus

Saw Scaled Viper

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous bite ref
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Warning. 

Saw scale vipers (genus: Echis) are responsible for many serious bites with lethal outcome. Estimations say that anually >10.000 people die after bites from saw scale vipers. These little snakes can be very aggressive and strike easily.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 90 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • 8 to 15.2 cm ref
  • Reproduction

  • oviparous
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • slit (or elliptical) 
  • Fangs

  • foldable front-fanged ref
  • Teeth/Fang Length

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Subspecies & Common Names

Echis carinatus  ARABIC حية سيد دخيل (Said Dekhil Snake), BENGALI কাঁটা আঁইশা বোড়া (Kām̐ṭā ām̐iśā Bōṛā), খুঁদে চন্দ্রবোড়া (Khum̐dē Candrabōṛā), ফুরসা বোড়া সাপ (Pharsā Bōṛā Sāpa), বঙ্করাজ। (Baṅkarāja), BULGARIAN Пясъчна усойница (Pyasŭchna Usoĭnitsa), DUTCH Zaagschubadder, ENGLISH African Carpet Viper, Central Asian Saw Scaled Viper, Egyptian Saw Scaled Viper, Indian Saw Scaled Viper, Little Indian Viper, Saw Scaled Carpet Viper, Saw Scaled Viper, FINNISH Pyramidikyy, FRENCH Échide Carénée, GERMAN Gemeine Sandrasselotter, GUJARATI Tarachha, Zeri Padkoo Udaneyn, HINDI अफई (Aphee), ITALIAN Echide Multisquamato, JAPANESE カーペットバイパー (Kāpettobaipā), KANNADA Kallu Haavu, MALAYALAM അണലി (Anali), ചുരുട്ടമണ്ഡലി (Curuṭṭamaṇḍali), MARATHI आग्या फुरसे तळ कोकण (Āgyā Phurasē Taḷa Kōkaṇa), कांडर वर्धा, फुरसं (Phurasaṁ), फुरसे, रक्ती कांबळ्या उत्तर कोकण (Raktī Kāmbaḷyā Uttara Kōkaṇa), रक्ती परड विदर्भ (Raktī Paraḍa Vidarbha), ORIYA Dhuli Naga, PERSIAN مار جعفری (Jafaree Snake), POLISH Efa Piaskowa, RUSSIAN эфа песчаная, SINDHI Janndi, Kuppur, SINHALA වැලි පොලඟා (Væli Polan̆gā), TAJIK Афъӣ, TAMIL Surattai Pambu, Viriyan Pamboo, சுருட்டை விரியன் (Surutai Vireyan), சுருட்டைவிரியன் (Curuṭṭaiviriyaṉ), TELUGU Chinna Pinjara, Thoti Pinjara, UNCODED LANGUAGES Phissi, URDU Lundi ref
Echis carinatus carinatus ref
Echis carinatus sochureki ENGLISH Sochurek's Saw Scaled Viper, GERMAN Pakistanische Sandrasselotter ref

Full Taxonomy

  • I. Superfamily Colubroidea

  • Colubrids, elapids and vipers
  • II. Family Viperidae

  • Vipers and pit vipers
  • III. Subfamily Viperinae

  • True vipers
  • IV. Genus Echis

  • Saw-scaled vipers
  • V. Species Echis carinatus

  • Saw scaled viper
  • VI. snakeID

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Look up complete taxonomic records of Echis carinatus (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).