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About Hiss-story and other crawly facts

Species Striped Keelback
Non -Venomous
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This species of Keelback that can be spotted in the city has off-white or yellowish vertical stripes over its body. It grows up to one and a half feet long and feeds on frogs, geckos and rats.

Species Russell’s Viper
Venomous
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This is one of the dangerous snakes found in the city. It is characterised by blotches on its body and a triangular head. When it feels threatened, it coils and makes a hissing sound. Seen in the grasslands in areas such as Vikhroli and Ghatkopar, they are known to give birth to as many as 80 to 90 young ones post monsoon.

Species Indian Cobra
Venomous
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There are several species of the cobra based on the pattern on its hood. The one found commonly in the city is the Binocelate Cobra.
It gets this name from the two spots pattern seen on the hood. It feeds on rats, frogs and small birds.

Species Rat Snake
Non-Venomous
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The colour of this snake can range from brown to green. It’s one of the longest snakes found in the city. The Rat Snake mainly feeds on rats other than frogs, hence the name. The snake has a black outline on its lower jaw. Though mostly found on ground, this snake is very agile and is adaptable to the city as it can climb on pipes, trees and swim in water.

Species Checkered Keelback
Non-Venomous
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This snake can grow up to four to five feet in length. It gets its name from the check board pattern on its body. Though non-venomous, it can get aggressive and bite the intruder. This keelback is a water snake and is found in freshwater bodies and brackish water marshes in the city. It is locally known as Diwad or Dendu.

Species Green Vine Snake
Non-Venomous
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This is an arboreal (tree residing) snake. It feeds on small birds and eggs on trees and is an extremely harmless snake. Though it has a stunning colour, people often mistake it for a poisonous snake and kill it. 

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