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daboia

abundant, highly venomous terrestrial snake of the family Viperidae. It is found from India to Taiwan and Java, most often in open country. It is a major cause of snakebite deaths within its range because it often exists in farmlands where human contact and rodent prey are abundant. The viper grows to a maximum of about 1.5 m (5 feet) and is marked with three rows of reddish brown spots outlined in black and again in white. Daboia is a live-bearer, and females commonly produce litters of more than 25 neonates.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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