Echis facts for kids
|An Indian Saw-scaled Viper, E. carinatus|
Echis is a genus of venomous vipers found in dry regions of Africa, Middle East, Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka. The name "Echis" is a Greek word which means "viper". Echis is also known as the "Saw-scaled Vipers", or the "Carpet Vipers". They are responsible for most of the snakebites and deaths in the world. There is currently eight species found.
The Saw-scaled Vipers are a small group of snakes, with adults growing up to the length of 90 cm (36 in). Its head is short, wide and pear-shaped, its snout is short and round, and it has large eyes.
Where it lives
Most species of the Saw-scaled Viper, like the ones found in Africa, are oviparous meaning they lay eggs, while other species, like the ones found in India, are viviparous meaning they give live birth.
- Indian Saw-scaled Viper, E. carinatus
- Palestine Saw-scaled Viper, E. coloratus
- Hughes' Saw-scaled Viper, E. hughesi
- Jogers' Saw-scaled Viper, E. jogeri
- White-bellied Carpet Viper, E. leucogaster
- Cherlin's Saw-scaled Viper, E. megalocephalus
- African Saw-scaled Viper, E. ocellatus
- Egyptian Saw-scaled Viper, E. pyramidum
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