I seriously doubt 40K+ people die from snake bites over there. I lived in Asia for awhile, and there are two things you must keep track of. First is the rat and mice population, and the second one is the monsoon season. Snake feed on rats and mice, and snakes go to high ground during the rainy season. Otherwise you don't see all that many. The one exception is the green tea snake (or emerald viper). It bites several hundred people a year picking tea leaves, and that usually means you loose a finger or worse yet a hand. Still a few people die. Then there's the good old bamboo viper. It hangs out in thatched roves, and likes to drop on you. Still it's venom is about as potent as a cobra. Or about mid range on the scale. In north east India and west into the other nations you have a really nasty snake called a rustle's viper. Probably seven outta ten buy the farm with this one! About the only things nastier are a krait and a sea snake, yet bites are uncommon.Gun ownership must be outlawed. That or they're poor shots.
This peer-reviewed empirical article is pretty close to the article's claim and substantiated with quantifiable data >>> http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article?id=10.1371/journal.pntd.0001018I had no idea there were so many
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