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World Snake Day 2023

July 15, 2023

Organized by: Amrita School of Biotechnology

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham


Every year July 16th is considered as World Snake Day to increase awareness regarding the different number of species and their conservation. In honor of World Snake Day, we will be hosting an online program on Saturday, July 15, 2023.

Snakebite is a major threat to the people living in the tropical regions of the world. There are over 3600 species of snakes in the world and out of that 600 are venomous and 200 are medically important snakes. As per WHO reports, it is estimated that on average 5.4 million snake bites are reported each year resulting in 1.8 to 2.7 million cases of envenoming. Out of these, 81,000 to 1,38,000 deaths, permanent disabilities, and as many amputation cases are reported annually (statistics from World Health Organization).

Snake venom research at Amrita School of Biotechnology focuses on characterization of the proteins present in different venomous snake species including Indian cobra, common krait, Russell’viper, and saw-scaled viper. The School of Biotechnology in collaboration with Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, and Indriyam Biologics Pvt. Ltd., has already characterized the venom of a few medically important snakes including Indian cobra, Malabar, and Hump-nosed pit vipers. In addition, the in vitro preclinical studies on the neutralization potential of commercially available Indian polyvalent antivenoms towards snake venom from several species are also being evaluated. Additionally, our studies also showed the possible mechanisms of how Russell’s viper bite induces bleeding in the victims. Toxins present in the viper venom affect the blood clotting system and are responsible for rendering the blood incoagulable. We have identified the mechanism of how a particular toxin in the viper venom affects the normal components of the blood clotting system and plays a role in the manifestation of bleeding which ultimately leads to death due to Russell’s viper bite. Research is supported by funding from Department of Science and Technology (DST), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Our program will feature three esteemed speakers who will share their knowledge and passion for snakes. Prepare to be enthralled as they delve into the captivating world of these often-misunderstood reptiles.



World Snake Day 2023
Dr. Jaideep Menon

Professor and Head,
Preventive Cardiology and Population Health Sciences Unit of Public Health Cardiology,
Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi

World Snake Day 2023
Dr. Sandeep Das

University of Calicut

World Snake Day 2023
Dr. Muralidharan V.

Research Scientist,
Amrita School of Biotechnology,

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