Armed with a powerful venom and lightning reflexes, the saw-scaled viper is the country's deadliest snake. The population and breeding patterns of this species has benefited significantly due to the irrigation of gardens, which become an easy and constant source of water for the viper used to be pretty low because they would normally only be found in sandy desert areas. Fortunately the snake is not aggressive by nature and if disturbed is more likely to slither away quietly than to lash out.
The viper's venom slowly prevents the blood from clotting. The human body reacts to the poison with pain and swelling, followed by systemic bleeding within six to 72 hours. If untreated it can cause internal hemorrhaging and eventually organ failure.
CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT MEASURES:
The best way to keep snakes away from a yard is to remove organic debris, such as overgrown bushes or grass piles. Sealing small holes in house and patio foundations removes hiding places and potential food sources for the snakes, which helps keep them at bay.