People usually think that snakes and non-poisonous are oxymorons and cannot be used together. In the minds of people, snakes cannot be non-poisonous. However, that is not the case. Although snakes are life-threatening and dangerous, not all of them are a threat to humanity. India has a total of 270 species of snakes out of which only 60 species are venomous. This means that the rest are totally benign.
Let us check out some of the most common non-poisonous snakes found in India!
Dhaman Snake or the Indian Rat Snake is also popularly called the Oriental Rat Snake. This snake has the ability to thrive in almost all kinds of environments, but their preference is urban areas. They also prey on rats as they are the most readily available.
This snake is found near rivers or freshwater lakes and is 1.75 meter in height. Their surface is blackish and patched with greenish, yellow round or brown color. Although they are not particularly poisonous, they can be a bit aggressive if they feel they are in danger.
Common Cat Snake
The common cat snake is probably the most easily recognizable Indian snake because of its triangular head structure. This is, in fact, broader than its neck. This snake is largely nocturnal and is the most active between early night and early morning. Indian gamma snake is its other name.
Indian Rock Python
The Indian Rock Python is popularly known as Ajgar in India. It can be found in swamps and grasslands as well as some rocky places too. Eastern Himalayas is their natural habitat as well as the mangrove forests of the majestic Sundarbans.
Common Wolf Snake
The Common Wolf Snake is a species of the well-known colubrid snakes. These are most commonly seen in the Andaman Islands. They feed on rodents, skinks, and geckos. Moreover, their preference is to hide under heavy objects or in narrow cracks.
Common Sand Boa
The Common Sand Boa in Hindi is known as a “do-muha” snake. This is because its tail looks like its head. We can find these snakes in gardens, agricultural lands, brick piles, rat holes as well as rock piles. They are also not venomous and usually eat small mammals, rodents, geckos, and birds.
This snake’s natural habitat is foliage, bushes, and tall grass. This snake also comes from the colubrid species, and as compared to all the other non-venomous species of snakes, there are particularly small in size.
Banded Kukri Snake
Banded Kukri again belongs to the grand family of colubrid. The Himalayan area of India usually sees these snakes in abundance. That said, the Banded Kukri Snake can also be found in places like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan. They usually eat reptile eggs, larvae, insects and rodents.
Common Trinket Snake
The common trinket snake is most commonly found in Vishakhapatnam. If they sense a threat approaching them, they can become rather aggressive, which is why it is essential to be careful of them. Their size is medium, and you can also find them at places with higher altitudes of Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.
Black Headed Royal Snake
Finally, the Black Headed Royal Snake is another non-venomous snake found in India. They are mainly found in the semi-deserts and deserts of India. These snakes are nocturnal species which is why they are most active at night and also hunt during that time.
Therefore, as can be seen, contrary to popular belief, there are ample types of non-poisonous snakes in India that are totally non-threatening.