List of Non-Poisonous Snakes In India-

Non-Poisonous Snakes In India-


The non-venomous snakes are generally misinterpreted as non-poisonous snakes in India which is not strictly true.

When we see a snake, we instinctively think of that as a threat to our life but while talking about India, there are about 270 species of snakes known.

Non-Poisonous Snakes In India


However, only 60 of these use venom as a defense mechanism.

If a snake bites you and injects venom into your system, then it is termed as venomous but if it bites but no venom is injected it is not venomous.

Now, that non-venomous one can be either poisonous or non-poisonous.

If someone touches or consumes a snake and then the poison acts up then it is deemed as poisonous.

They do not have venom glands to create or secrete venom.

In conclusion to that, it can be said that all venomous snakes are poisonous in nature but not all poisonous ones are venomous.

Some of the non-poisonous snakes found in India are as follows-

Indian rock python (Python molurus)-


As it is in the name, the Indian rock python is a species of snakes found in the Indian subcontinent. They are non-venomous by design.

They are popularly known as ‘Ajgar’ throughout India.s They come under the category of large snakes. They can grow up to 3-4 meters.

Non-Poisonous Snakes In India-The reptile can thrive upon grasslands, swamps or forests.

They can be found lurking in the banks of rivers or streams or small water sources in the forests.

They have been known to eat rodents and sometimes small animals.

Quite surprisingly they have been known to eat much bigger prey than themselves.

Like any other snake, they swallow their prey whole.

After eating the prey, they take their time to digest the meal.

During that time, they are mostly motionless as the prey is usually too big for them to move.

Banded kukri snake-


Non-Poisonous Snakes In India-
The banded kukri snake, are pretty small in size when compared to the other non-poisonous snakes in India.

Their length varies from 50-70 centimeters.

These are nocturnal. Being small and without venom does not help them in providing them with many preys.

They mainly depend upon eggs, insects, small rodents, etc for their survival.

Common Bronzeback Tree Snake (Dendrelaphis tristis)-


The common Bronzeback is a native of Northwestern parts of the Indian peninsula.

Non-Poisonous Snakes In India-
They reside in grass fields, forests around the foothills of the Himalayas and some in the southern parts of India.

It can be identified by its distinguishing brown color. This appearance helps him merge with the surroundings.

Generally feeding upon other small reptiles, insects, birds and eggs this serpent is harmless to humans.

The length ranging from 1-1.6 meters and its brown body with a little purple in it, can often be seen lurking up in the trees.

Black-headed Royal Snake (Black-headed Royal Snake)-


The Black-headed Royal snake is a non-venomous snake found mostly in the western part of the country.

Unlike the other snakes which thrive in the waterborne areas, these snakes live their lives near deserts.

They have adapted their lives according to the dry climate. There have been numerous incidences where they have been found lurking near the human settlements.

They can be identified quite easily because of their big size and yellowish complexion.

The snakes are killed mostly because of lack of knowledge about the species and misinterpreting them as venomous.

The serpent can grow up to be of two meters.

Common Cat Snake (Boiga trigonata)-


Distinguished with the shape of their head, these species of the non-poisonous snakes in India have a slightly bigger head with a diameter a little more than the rest of their body.

Non-Poisonous Snakes In India-
They are about 70 to 150 centimeters in length.

With the triangular head and definite markings, It is quite easy to spot them.

They are found in the mountainous areas and like to live in dark places like caves, burrows or under the leaves.

Being nocturnal these places suits their preference.

Their diet mainly includes frogs, other smaller snakes, insects, rodents, etc.

They too are hunted sometimes due to people mistakenly thinking of them as venomous.

Checkered Keelback (Xenochrophis piscator)-



The Checkered Keelback or the Asiatic water snake of the family Colubridae.

They are non-poisonous snakes found in India with high altitude and moist climate.

They can be seen near various freshwater bodies as they lead most of their around water.

They are great swimmers and therefore like to live and hunt in the water.

Non-Poisonous Snakes In IndiaThey hunt water borne frogs, toads, rodents, other snakes, discarded meat and fishes.

Most of their diet consists of fishes.

They are generally a meter long but some of them are found to be near two meters long.

What is alarming about them is their aggressive nature.

Most of the snakes would not strike a human until provoked vigorously but this one has a particularly bad temper.

Even though it is non-poisonous its bite can cause a person to put stitches in the wound.

Precaution is often advised while handling this snake.

Common Wolf Snake(Lycodon aulicus)-


Common wolf snake is a non-poisonous snake found in the north of the Himalayas, parts of Assam and Maharashtra.



Due to its uncanny resemblance to the common Krait, it is often thought to be as venomous, though it is not.

The fear in the people’s hearts when they see it is quite reasonable as the Common Krait is one of most deadly snake in the world.

Non-Poisonous Snakes In IndiaDue to this, it is normally killed. It is nocturnal and likes to spend its day hiding in cracks and other narrow places, but it is very active during the night time.

Commonly preys upon mice, frogs, etc but is somewhat famous for hunting skinks.

This serpent is 50 to 90 centimeters long.

When provoked, it is also very aggressive and even though non-poisonous in nature can cause some serious injury.

Indian rat snake (Ptyas mucosa)-


These non-poisonous snakes are quite common in these parts of the world.

Non-Poisonous Snakes In IndiaIn our previous article, you might have noticed that most of the venomous ones are nocturnal.

But the Indian rat snake is diurnal, which means that these are active during daytime and take rest during the night.

They feed on mice and other rodents.

The number of these rodents is pretty high in the highly populated areas causing these serpents to make a home in such places.

Rhythm Dhami

A deep-rooted person who has made an investigation of regular history since childhood or so - longer than I can recollect. An interest in wildlife has developed into wonder with all of nature, and an unquenchable interest to take in more..

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