One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large venomous Asian snake which has a yellow-brown body with black markings.
Daboia or 'Vipera' russelli, family Viperidae
- ‘The current method of producing the treatment is to immunize horses against the venom of the cobra, common krait, saw-scaled viper and Russell's viper.’
- ‘It is the ‘surprises’ that make up the meat of the book - a badmash leopard, a wounded tiger, a vicious old boar, a deadly Russell's viper.’
- ‘He points out that there are basically four venomous snakes that feature in this - the cobra, the Russell's viper, the saw - scaled viper and the krait.’
- ‘Until the Indian government changed its wildlife laws, Irulas made a living by catching the deadly cobra and Russell's vipers in their thousands.’
Early 20th century: named after Patrick Russell (1727–1805), Scottish physician and naturalist.
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