There are 270 species of snakes in India, 60 of which are highly venomous including the Indian Cobra, the Krait, and the Russell’s viper. Every year 20,000 people die in India due to snake bites. The one snake which is not responsible for any deaths in India is the Jaipur Python. This 8-feet long snake is an herbivore and won’t touch meat.
The Jaipur Python can live in many habitats, scrub land, trees, and even in buildings where it will steal vegetables from kitchens and make a quick getaway. The snake can move at about 12 miles an hour and ranks along with the Black Mamba as the fastest snake in the world, although in the Jaipur Python’s case when it’s moving this fast it’s trying to escape with some food it has stolen and doesn’t want to be caught.
This is an extract from the book Animals Evolution Avoided