The UAE has many venomous living in both sand desert and rocky mountainous environments. However, not all types are harmful to man as some are non-venomous and snakes in general can also help eliminate rats, mice, lizards and geckos.
The venomous snakes in the UAE mostly belong to the viper family. These include the sawscale viper, the carpet viper, the false-horned and horned vipers. Vipers can immediately be identified by their triangular shaped heads. For sawscale or carpet viper, if the warning ‘rattle’ is heard, the best thing to do is stop and back away from the direction of the sound.
Snakes do not have clear vision and would normally prefer to retreat than to attack. When a snake is encountered at any time, the best thing to do is to stand still. In the UAE, snake bites are extremely rare. There are less than 5 reported viper bites in the last 20 years.
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